The Fishing Boat
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||157 x 234 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at lower right (1)|
|Set/Publication:||'Second Venice Set', 1886|
|No. of States:||6|
|Catalogues:||K.208; M.205; W.178|
|Impressions taken from this plate (39)|
church, fisherman, fishing, lagoon, sailors, sea, ship, worker.
Minor variations in the title and punctuation are as follows:
'The Fishing boat' (1882, Whistler). 1
'Fishing boat ' (1882, Whistler). 2
'Fishing Boat' (1883, FAS). 3
'Fishing boat Venice' (1880s, Whistler). 4
'Fishing-Boat' (1886, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 5
'The Fishing Boat' (1910, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 6
'The Fishing Boat' is based on the original and preferred title.
In the centre, moored to one of a cluster of posts, lies a fishing boat. Nets hang on a pole between the two masts, with a man sitting in their shade. In the distance, at right, is the dome of a church, and several boats. All are reflected in the waters of the lagoon.
The lagoon, with the cemetery island of San Michele, Venice, Italy. 7
7: Grieve 2000[more], pp.138, 192, fig.171.
Examples of the range of fishing subjects in Whistler's work include individual fishermen in Sketching, No. 2 084 and Man Fishing 404, to fishing boats at the quayside or shore in Billingsgate 051, Fishing Boats, Hastings 163 and Fishing Quay, Ostend 351, and fish-shops or stalls in Fish-Shop, Chelsea 267 and Fish Women, Ostend 349