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Greenwich Park

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 41
Date: 1859
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 128 x 208 mm
Signed: 'Whistler.' at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 38
Catalogues: K.35; M.34; T.18; W.33
Impressions taken from this plate  (38)


children, landscape, park, people, tree.


Most writers, including Whistler, used the title 'Greenwich Park', but there were occasional variations, as follows:

'On the Thames' (1870s, Whistler). 2
'Greenwich Park' (1870s, Whistler). 3
'Kensington Gardens' (1874, Ralph Thomas, Jr (1840-1876)). 4
'Greenwich Park' (1886, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 5

Thomas was incorrect in identifying the scene as Kensington Gardens. Except for the occasion when Whistler wrote 'On the Thames' in pencil below one impression, the artist, Wedmore and other later cataloguers were united in calling this etching 'Greenwich Park'.

2: Written on .

3: Written on .

4: Thomas 1874[more] (cat. no. 18).

5: Wedmore 1886 A[more] (cat. no. 33).


The trunks and lower branches of several trees are seen, rising from a grassy slope. The foreground is shaded by their foliage. In the middle distance, in full sun, two people are sitting in the grass, glimpsed between the two largest tree trunks, and to the right, a girl is standing looking away, towards the distant trees over the brow of the hill.


Greenwich Park, on the river Thames in London. The park also appears in Greenwich Pensioner 040.
It was etched, probably at the same time, by Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910), in Sub Tegmine, which is reproduced below. Haden's etching is dominated by the landscape, with the pensioner as a comparatively minor detail.Etching: c_K035_01
F.S. Haden, Sub Tegmine, 1859, etching,
The Hunterian, GLAHA 1869.


There are comparatively few landscapes in Whistler's etchings, but if parks and gardens are included in the category of landscapes, then he made over two dozen, including Sketches on the Coast Survey Plate 001, Anacapa Island 002, En Plein Soleil 011, Girl in a wood 031, Nursemaid and Child 042, Landscape with Horses 045, The Camp 080, The Storm 081, The Punt 082, Sketching 083, Landscape with Fisherman 085, Sketching, No. 2 084, Speke Hall: The Avenue 101, Speke Shore 139, The Dam Wood 133, St James's Park 250, The Ramparts, Sandwich 324, The Young Tree 285, The Tow-Path 325, The Canal, Ostend 352, Railway-Station, Voves 387, Zaandam 458, Polichinelle, Jardin du Luxembourg 467 and Little Terrace, Luxembourg Gardens 443.