Rotherhithe (aka: Wapping) by James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Rotherhithe (aka: Wapping) by James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Rotherhithe (aka: Wapping)

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

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Title

Rotherhithe (aka: Wapping)

 
Artist
Year
1860  
Technique
etching and drypoint 
Image Size
6 7/8 x 11 7/8" platemark 
Signature
plate signed "Whistler" lower left image 
Edition Size
118 known impressions (Glasgow) 
Annotations
dated "1860" in lower left 
Reference
G70; Kennedy 66; M. 66; T.41; W.60 
Paper
antique-white laid, with KF watermark in center 
State
vi/vi 
Publisher
Published in the "Thames Set" in 1871 by Keppel 
Inventory ID
20055 
Price
Price On Request 
Description

Published in this state in the 'Thames Set'. Diagonal drypoint lines augment the shading across the chest and pipe of the man on the left.

The drypoint varies in strength according to the state of the burr and inking of different impressions; in addition it is possible the drypoint was reinforced when the plate was printed for F. Keppel & Co.

Two men (Mansfield adds, 'of middle age') wearing caps sit smoking long clay pipes, and looking at the viewer. Behind them is the view down the river Thames, with warehouses and docks, and the dome of St Paul's in the distance. Visible between them, in the middle distance, is a beached ship, the mast leaning to left. On the left are the two masts and rigging of a larger vessel, its deck seen from above.

Confusion over the title arises from the etching having been drawn in Rotherhithe on the south side of the Thames - so that the foreground balcony scene is in Rotherhithe - with a view over the river to Wapping on the north bank. There was, incidentally, a similar confusion about the title of the etching 'The Little Rotherhithe' and the painting ,Wapping'.

 

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