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Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 78
Date: 1861
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 102 x 127 mm
Signed: 'James Whistler' (in inscription) (1-4); removed (5)
Inscribed: '1861' at lower left; 'The Works of James Whistler: Etchings and Dry Points, are on View at E. Thomas' .. Publisher / 39. Old Bond Street' at lower right (1-2); 'London.' added (4); erased (5)
Set/Publication: 'Thames Set', 1871
No. of States: 5
Known impressions: 67
Catalogues: K.71; M.71; T.44; W.67
Impressions taken from this plate  (67)
Millbank is dated '1861' on the copper plate. The shadows suggest a time about mid-day, with the sun fairly high in the sky. Lochnan suggested it was done in the early Spring, before The Little Pool [79]. 1

This is one of a number of Thames views etched in 1861, including Vauxhall Bridge [75], Westminster Bridge in Progress [77], The Little Pool [79], Battersea Dawn (Cadogan Pier) [95] and Old Hungerford Bridge [76]. Four of these 1861 etchings - Millbank, The Little Pool, Early Morning, Battersea and Old Hungerford Bridge - were published in A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames (the 'Thames Set'), by Ellis & Green in 1871. Millbank was used to advertise the first exhibition of the 'Thames Set' in 1861. 2