Dipping the Flag
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||82 x 178 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at lower left|
|No. of States:||4|
|Catalogues:||K.325; M.319; W.242|
|Impressions taken from this plate (10)|
'Dipping the Flag' (1887, Whistler). 2
'The Pennant' (1890, possibly Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935)). 3
'Dipping the Flag' (1899, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 4
The original title is definitely 'Dipping the Flag'. Dipping the flag was a sign of respect and symbol of obedience to Victoria, Queen of Great Britain. Dipping the flag involved lowering the flag to half-mast and back.
2: Whistler to T. McLean, 20 August 1887, GUW #13089.
3: Note on H. Mansfield to Whistler, 15 May 1890, and reply, GUW #03989.
4: Wedmore 1899 [more] (cat. no. 242).
5: 'The Jubilee Naval Review', The Times, London, 25 July 1887, p. 7.