'The Thames Set'
A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames
1859: Thames Warehouses , Old Westminster Bridge , Limehouse , Eagle Wharf , Black Lion Wharf , The Pool , Thames Police , W. Jones, Lime-Burner, Thames Street  and J. Becquet, Sculptor .
1860: Rotherhithe .
1861: The Forge , Millbank , The Little Pool , Battersea Dawn (Cadogan Pier) , Old Hungerford Bridge .
1871: Chelsea Bridge and Church .
HISTORY OF THE 'THAMES SET'
1: 3 April 1869, George Rae Papers, Walker Art Gallery Archive; many thanks to Martin Hopkinson for this reference.
2: A.McN. Whistler to H. and J.H. Gamble, 6 May 1869, GUW #06542.
3: Lochnan, Katharine A., The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1984, p. 168.
...The plates were brought out by Messrs. Ellis who had them printed by some one in London, whose work was certainly not to be compared to that of Delâtre whom I should undoubtedly have recommended, so that it was only long after the sale had been completed and the plates had ceased to be in my possession that inferior impressions were produced. -
The understanding on my part with those publishers was that the plates were to be destroyed after one hundred impressions had been taken, but very recently they reappeared and were sold to their present possessors who did take them [to] Mr Goulding. - ... Mr Goulding naturally found the etchings in their original perfect condition - simply because I had had them stealed [sic] in their full bloom when I had satisfied myself by my own proofs .-
4: [16 August 1880], GUW #04281
5: Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow; Freer Gallery of Art.
6: F. Courboin, 'La "Suite de la Tamise" de J. McN. Whistler', Le Bulletin de l'Art, December 1903, pp. 319-20..
- Anon., 'Art', The Critic, 25 May 1861, p. 672
- Ernest Chesneau, L'Art et les artistes moderne en France et en Angleterre, Paris, 1864, pp. 190-1.
- Paul Mantz, 'Les Beaux Arts a l'Exposition Universelle', Gazette des Beaux Arts, XXIII, 1867, p. 230.
- The Westminster Review, XI, July 1871, pp. 312-13.
- The Saturday Review, 12 August 1871.
- [F.G. Stephens], The Athenaeum, 26 August 1871, pp. 280-81.
- Anon., 'Two sets of etchings', Pall Mall Gazette, 1 January 1872, pp. 11-12.
- 92nd Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Academy, London, 1860.
- The Works of James Whistler - Etchings and Dry Points, E. Thomas, 39 Old Bond Street, London, 1861.
- International Exhibition, London, 1862.
- [Exposition], Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1862.
- Mr Whistler's Exhibition, Flemish Gallery, Pall Mall, London, 1874.
- Collection illustrative of the History and Practice of Etching. Lent and Catalogued by James Anderson Rose, Esq., of London, Liverpool, 1874.
- Exhibition of works loaned to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1879.
- [Exhibition], Craibe Angus's Gallery, Glasgow, 1879.
- Etchings and Dry Points, The Union League Club, New York, 1881.
- Ausstellung der Maler-Radierungen französischer und englischer Künstler der Neuzeit, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 1881.
- World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.
- Exhibition of Etchings, Drypoints. and Lithographs by Whistler, H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1898.
- An Exhibition of Etchings and Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, The Caxton Club, 1900.
- Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, 1901 .
- Exhibition of Etchings and Dry Points by Mr. Whistler, Frederick Keppel and Co., New York, 1902.
- 71st Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1902.
- A Collection of Etchings and Dry Points by Whistler recently acquired, H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1903.
- Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Copley Hall, Boston, February 1904.
- Etchings and Dry-Points by James McNeill Whistler, The Grolier Club, New York, 1904.
- Oeuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'École des Beaux-Art, Paris, 1905.
- Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, Regent Street, London, 1905.
- Chambers, Emma, An Indolent and Blundering Art?, Ashgate 1999.
- F. Courboin, 'La "Suite de la Tamise" de J. McN. Whistler', Le Bulletin de l'Art, December 1903, pp. 319-20.
- Fitzwilliam Museum website at www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk (accessed 2010).
- Hopkinson, Martin, 'An Early Review of Whistler's Thames Set', Print Quarterly, XXVI, 2009, pp. 46-54.
- Kennedy, Edward G., The Etched Work of Whistler, New York, 1910 (cat. nos. 38-44, 46, 52, 66, 68, 71, 74-76, 95).
- Lochnan, Katharine A., The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1984, chap. 2.
- Mansfield, Howard, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Dry-Points of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Chicago, 1909 (cat. nos. 37-43, 45, 52, 66, 68, 71, 73, 75, 76, 96.
- Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, I, chap. 8 and 12.
- Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Whistler Journal, Philadelphia, 1921.
- Whistler, James McNeill, [Letter to Atlas], The World: A Journal For Men and Women, no. 339, vol. 13, 29 December 1880, p. 12.
- Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London, 1890, pp. 88-89.