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Black Lion Wharf

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 54
Date: 1859
Medium: etching
Size: 153 x 229 mm
Signed: 'Whistler' at lower right
Inscribed: '1859.' at lower right
Set/Publication: 'Thames Set', 1871
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 104
Catalogues: K.42; M.41; T.35; W.40
Impressions taken from this plate  (104)
Etching: PK042_01 (plate)
The copper plate bears the manufacturer's rectangular stamp, 'HUGHES & KIMBER / MANUFACTURERS/ RED LION SQUARE / FLEET STREET / LONDON'. The same stamp appears on three other Thames plates of 1859 of the same size (Stevens' Boat Yard [56], Thames Police [53], as well as Venus [60]) and several portraits, all of 1859-1860 (Z. Astruc, Editor of 'L'Artiste' [36], Whistler with a hat [44], Fumette's Bent Head [58], Arthur Haden [66], Mr Mann [73], Axenfeld [68] and Riault (The Wood Engraver) [69]).
It was published with the 'Thames Set' in 1871. It was cancelled with four vertical lines and two diagonal lines running from corner to corner. The plate was bought in 1896 by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), who bequeathed it to the Freer Gallery of Art. 17

17: Acc. No. 1896.5.