|Size:||120 x 161 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler -' at lower left (7)|
|No. of States:||7|
|Catalogues:||K.69; M.69; T.62; W.65|
|Impressions taken from this plate (12)|
In fact Ralph Thomas, Jr (1840-1876) asserted that it 'was etched in London by the artist from a sketch made in Paris.' 1 This would suggest a date in 1859. The copper plate is exactly the same size as the plate for Reading by Lamplight , which probably dates from early 1859, and was developed in both etching and drypoint. It is close in size to several other plates including etchings such as Venus , which is also dated 1859.
1: Thomas 1874 (cat. no. 62).
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926) was mistaken in thinking that The Miser was done in Brittany at the same time as The Forge  in 1861, as was Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), who wrongly associated it with 1861 etchings. 2
2: J. Pennell, draft catalogue of Whistler's etchings, Library of Congress, Pennell Collection, Box 353; Kennedy 1910 (cat. no. 69).