Westminster Bridge in Progress
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||150 x 352 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler.' at lower right|
|No. of States:||1|
|Catalogues:||K.72; M.74; W.70|
|Impressions taken from this plate (2)|
Whistler began work on this copper plate in etching and then made numerous drypoint additions: the leaning figure at left, the rail behind him and bollard in front of him; the head and shoulders at lower right; the small segment of a view through the construction to the right of the leaning figure; the prow of a boat and figures above it to the left of centre under the construction; and fine curving diagonals on the sky at right. At that point, he left the plate unfinished.
This is a very rare etching. Only two impressions have been located (, ). Both known impressions are on 'antique' (pre-1800) laid paper. One is in black ink on ivory paper with a 'PRO PATRIA' watermark (), the other in dark brown ink on a slightly irregular sheet of dark cream 'antique' paper (). Both are good impressions with fine detail, but show a pronounced area of foul biting along the lower edge of the copper plate, mostly to right of centre.