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The Lime-Burner, from A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames and Other Subjects

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James McNeill Whistler, The Lime-Burner, from A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames and Other Subjects, 1859, etching and drypoint on cream laid paper, Bequest of Winslow B. Ayer, public domain, 35.95

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Title

The Lime-Burner, from A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames and Other Subjects

Related Titles

series (original language): Thames Set

Artist

James McNeill Whistler (American, active England and France, 1834-1903)

Date

1859

Medium

etching and drypoint on cream laid paper

Catalogue Raisonné

Glasgow 55

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 9 15/16 in x 6 15/16 in; sheet: 11 1/4 in x 8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: Whistler 1859, printed, lower right [in image]

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

American

Credit Line

Bequest of Winslow B. Ayer

Accession Number

35.95

Copyright

public domain

Terms

drypoint

drypoints

etching

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

paper

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

Lower Level

Helen Copeland Gallery

Description

Whistler often used doorways to construct highly sophisticated compositions of alternating light and dark. The wide portal of the warehouse frames the scene, drawing the eye deeper into the setting. A freely sketched figure, bathed in light from an overhead shaft, leans against a ladder, while behind him another figure gazes out on the busy wharf.

Other examples of this framing device can be found in Whistler's Rag Pickers, Quartier Mouffetard, Paris, and The Traghetto #2 [see Related Artworks], as well as in the work of his followers.

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