Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 304
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 178 x 127 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 11
Catalogues: K.324; M.318; W.241
Impressions taken from this plate  (11)
Bunting dates from 23 July 1887.
Jubilee celebrations marked the fiftieth year of the reign of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) in 1887. A Naval Review was held 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', as well as watercolours, such as Silver and Blue: Southampton [m1142], and pencil sketches. 2 A related etching is Dipping the Flag [308].

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

2: Sketchbook [m1144], pp. 11, 13.