Longshore men

Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
1859
Medium
Etching on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 15.3 x 22.5 cm (6 x 8 7/8 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1890.5
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Etching

Keywords
etching, United States
Provenance

James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), London [1]

Sir William Drake (1817-1890), London [2]

To 1890
H. Wunderlich & Co., New York to 1890 [3]

From 1890 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from H. Wunderlich & Co. in 1890 [4]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [5]

Notes:

[1] "From collections of J. Anderson Rose and Sir William Drake" (see Curatorial Remark 2, Freer Folder Sheet notes 1 and 4, in the object record).

[2] See note 1.

[3] See Original Whistler List, Etchings, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[4] See note 3.

[5] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Sir William Drake 1817-1890
James Anderson Rose 1819-1890
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
H. Wunderlich & Co. (C.L. Freer source) 1874-1912

Label

In Whistler's day, genteel people who could afford to purchase etchings generally avoided unnecessary trips to working-class sections of cities. For such people, Whistler's etchings of the Thames riverfront provided unusually intimate glimpses of what a contemporary critic described as "that class of hard-fisted, square-shouldered, solid-faced men, on whom the odour of tar and tobacco is equally important."


Quotation from the Reader, April 4, 1863, in Whistler press-cutting book 1:37, Birnie Philip Collection, Glasgow University Library.


Whistler etchings are identified by "K" numbers as assigned in Edward Kennedy's catalogue, The Etched Work of Whistler, (New York: Grolier Club, 1910; and subsequent editions). This print is K45; first and only state.


Whistler etchings are identified by "G" numbers as assigned in "James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné," by Margaret F. McDonald, Grischka Petri, Meg Hausberg, and Joanna Meacock (University of Glasgow, 2012), http://etchings.arts.gla.ac.uk. This print is G52 state 3 of 4.

Published References
  • Margaret F. MacDonald, Grischka Petri, Meg Hausberg, Joanna Meacock. James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonée., 2012. .
  • Howard Mansfield. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Dry-points of James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Chicago, 1909. .
  • Katharine Lochnan. The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler. Exh. cat. New Haven and London, 1984. .
  • Edward G. Kennedy. The Etched Work of Whistler: Illustrated by Reproductions in Collotype of the Different States of the Plates. 4 vols., New York, 1910. .
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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