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James Abbott McNeill Whistler

1834 - 1903

Billingsgate by James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Billingsgate   1859

  Original etching.
Signed and dated in the plate.
Ref: Kennedy 47 viii/viii
S 185 x 259 mm; P & I 148 x 223 mm
The best known of all of Whistler's etchings, as published in Etching and Etchers in 1880. A fine example with good, clear line and printed with plate tone.

The River Thames and its surrounding scenery, together with the wharves and warehouses along its banks, were a prime source of inspiration for Whistler throughout his life. His first Thames etchings date from 1858/9 and in 1871 his sixteen finest Thames etchings were published with great financial success. After Whistler was declared bankrupt as a result of his famous libel action against Ruskin and it was through his etchings of the Thames, and later of Venice, that he re-established both his name and his financial stability.

On the cream laid paper with margins. Generally very good condition.