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, figure, flags, jubilee, naval review, people, sailors, sea, ship.


Whistler and later cataloguers agreed on the title of this etching, as in these examples:

'Bunting' (1887/1888, Whistler). 3
'Naval Review Bunting' (1890/1892, Beatrice Whistler (1857-1896)). 4
'Bunting' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 5

3: List, [1887/1888], GUW#13233.

4: List, [1890/1892], GUW #12715.

5: Mansfield 1909 (cat. no. 318).


A view from the deck towards the prow of a ship on a windy day. A sailor stands at the left, and two more sailors and two passengers, well wrapped up, are sitting down, most by the railing to right. A string of bunting runs up to right from the prow (towards the centre top edge of the plate). The second flag from the top is probably a St Andrew's Cross. On the sea to right are steam and sailing ships also dressed with bunting.


The deck of a ship off Spithead, on the south coast of England, from which Whistler watched the Jubilee Naval Review. He must have been sitting forward of the main masts, facing the prow.