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Steamboats off the Tower

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 156
Date: 1875
Medium: drypoint
Size: 154 x 225 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 9
Catalogues: K.149; M.147; W.114
Impressions taken from this plate  (9)
Steamboats off the Tower probably dates from 1875. Whistler wrote on one impression, 'From the Custom House - Thames; 75.' (Graphic with a link to impression #K1490308). Furthermore, Beatrice Whistler later listed a drypoint, probably this one, as 'Steamboat off Tower, dry point. 1875'. 1

1: [1890/1892], GUW #12715.

The butterfly monogram is of the form used by Whistler between 1874 and 1875. The Two Ships [143] is of a similar date.