Early Morning (Battersea)

Dundee Art Galleries & Museum: 272-1987-344

Artist: Whistler, James Abbott McNeill

Date: 1863

State: 2/2

Size: 11.4 x 15.2 cm

Medium: Etching

Alternative Title(s) Battersea Dawn (Cadogan Pier)
Details Etching. Black ink on dark cream coloured paper. ‘Whistler’ bottom left. Over sixty 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 http://etchings.arts.gla.ac.uk). Considerable thanks are due to Professor MacDonald for allowing us to use their research in these entries.

An impression, titled Early Morning (Battersea) was published as part of The Thames Set: A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on The Thames and other Subjects, published by Ellis and Green in London in 1871. It depicts Cadogan Pier which was close to Whistler’s home in Lindsey Row.

Catalogue Entry
  1. Edward G. Kennedy, The Etched Work of Whistler. New York, Grolier Club, 1910 (75)
  2. Howard Mansfield, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Dry-Points of James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Chicago, Caxton Club, 1909 (75)
  3. Ralph Thomas, A Catalogue of the Etchings and Drypoints of J.A M. Whistler. London, John Russell Smith, 1874 (64)
  4. Sir Frederick Wedmore, Whistler’s Etchings: a Study and a Catalogue. London, Thibaudeau, 1886 (79)
  5. Whistler Etchings Project (95)
Other Collections (UK)
  1. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham
  2. British Museum, Department of Prints and Drawings, London
  3. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  4. Glasgow Museums, Glasgow
  5. Hunterian Art Gallery Collections, University of Glasgow, Glasgow
  6. Victoria and Albert Museum: Print Collection, London
  7. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

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