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Vauxhall Bridge

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 75
Date: 1861
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 69 x 114 mm
Signed: 'Whistler.' at lower right
Inscribed: '1861' at lower right (G.2)
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 36
Catalogues: K.70; M.70; T.46; W.66
Impressions taken from this plate  (36)
Vauxhall Bridge is dated '1861' on the copper plate. According to Ralph Thomas it was etched on 18 February 1861. 1

At least twenty etchings date from 1861, including six of the river Thames, Millbank [78], Westminster Bridge in Progress [77], The Little Pool [79], Battersea Dawn (Cadogan Pier) [95] and Old Hungerford Bridge [76]. One of these - The Little Pool [79] - was the title sheet for the 'Thames Set' and two others - Millbank [78] and Battersea Dawn (Cadogan Pier) [95] - were published with that set in 1871.

1: Thomas 1874, cat. no. 46.

The three other Thames subjects, Vauxhall Bridge, Westminster Bridge in Progress [77] and The Little Rotherhithe [74], may have been etched in 1861 with the intention of being included, but in the end they were not published.