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The Visitors' Boat

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 303
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 178 x 128 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 9
Catalogues: K.320; M.313; W.237
Impressions taken from this plate  (9)
Visitors' Boat dates from 23 July 1887.
The fiftieth anniversary of the coronation of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) was celebrated in 1887. Jubilee celebrations included a Naval Review at Spithead on 23 July. The Times gave a full account of the Naval Review. 1

Whistler as President of the Society of British Artists was invited to attend. During the day he made twelve etchings, the 'Jubilee Set', including Troopships [307] and The Turret Ship [305], as well as a watercolour and pencil sketches.

1: 'The Jubilee Naval Review', The Times, London, 25 July 1887, p. 7.