Dundee Art Galleries & Museum: 272-1987-321

Artist: Whistler, James Abbott McNeill

Date: 1859

State: 8/9

Size: 14.6 x 22.5 cm

Medium: Etching

Details Etching. Dark brown ink on ivory, possibly wove, paper. ‘Whistler 1859’ visible bottom right in print. Well over a hundred impressions are known.
Description Detailed information concerning the Whistler prints held in The Orchar Collection comes from the University of Glasgow’s excellent Whistler Etchings Project. (Margaret F. MacDonald, Grischka Petri, Meg Hausberg, and Joanna Meacock, James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné, University of Glasgow, 2012, on-line website at Considerable thanks are due to Professor MacDonald for allowing us to use their research in these entries.

The scene (seen in reverse) depicts the clock-tower and buildings of Billingsgate Market located on the north bank of the Thames. London Bridge can be seen in the distance. Whistler produced a number of etchings of areas around the Thames in 1859.

Catalogue Entry
  1. Edward G. Kennedy, The Etched Work of Whistler. New York, Grolier Club, 1910 (47)
  2. Howard Mansfield, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Dry-Points of James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Chicago, Caxton Club, 1909 (46)
  3. Ralph Thomas, A Catalogue of the Etchings and Drypoints of J.A M. Whistler. London, John Russell Smith, 1874 (34)
  4. Sir Frederick Wedmore, Whistler’s Etchings: a Study and a Catalogue. London, Thibaudeau, 1886 (45)
  5. Whistler Etchings Project (51)
Other Collections (UK)
  1. British Museum, Department of Prints and Drawings, London, UK
  2. Glasgow Museums, Glasgow, UK
  3. Hunterian Art Gallery Collections, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  4. Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
  5. Museum of London, London, UK
  6. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
  7. Victoria and Albert Museum: Print Collection, London, UK
  8. Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

See the Whistler Etchings Project for a list of impressions.

  1. Emmanuel Bénézit, Dictionary of Artists. Paris, Gründ, 2006
  2. Rodney K. Engen, Dictionary of Victorian Engravers, Print Publishers and Their Works. Cambridge, Chadwyck-Heley, 1979
  3. Kenneth M. Guichard, British Etchers 1850-1940. London, Robin Garton Ltd., 1977
  4. Katharine A. Lochnan, The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler. New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1984
  5. Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1995
  6. William Rough, ‘A cluster of butterflies: James Guthrie Orchar and his collection of Whistler etchings and drypoints’, Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History, Volume 16, 2011-12