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Vauxhall Bridge

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 75
Date: 1861
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 69 x 114 mm
Signed: 'Whistler.' at lower right
Inscribed: '1861' at lower right (G.2)
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 36
Catalogues: K.70; M.70; T.46; W.66
Impressions taken from this plate  (36)
Vauxhall Bridge is dated '1861' on the copper plate. According to Ralph Thomas it was etched on 18 February 1861. 1

At least twenty etchings date from 1861, including six of the river Thames, Millbank 078, Westminster Bridge in Progress 077, The Little Pool 079, Battersea Dawn (Cadogan Pier) 095 and Old Hungerford Bridge 076. One of these - The Little Pool 079 - was the title sheet for the 'Thames Set' and two others - Millbank 078 and Battersea Dawn (Cadogan Pier) 095 - were published with that set in 1871.

1: Thomas 1874[more], cat. no. 46.

The three other Thames subjects, Vauxhall Bridge, Westminster Bridge in Progress 077 and The Little Rotherhithe 074, may have been etched in 1861 with the intention of being included, but in the end they were not published.