Thames Police

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 53
Date: 1859
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 153 x 229 mm
Signed: 'Whistler.' at lower right
Inscribed: '1859.' at lower right
Set/Publication: 'Thames Set', 1871
No. of States: 6
Known impressions: 81
Catalogues: K.44; M.43; T.43; W.42
Impressions taken from this plate  (81)
Etching: PK044_01 (plate)
The copper plate bears the maker'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 (i.e. Stevens' Boat Yard [56], Black Lion Wharf [54]) and several portraits, all of 1859-1860 (Z. Astruc, Editor of 'L'Artiste' [36], Whistler with a hat [44], Fumette's Bent Head [58], Venus [60], 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 plus diagonal lines from corner to corner.
The plate was acquired by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) in 1896. It is now in the Freer Gallery of Art. 13

13: Acc. No. 1896.7.