Shipping at Liverpool
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||231 x 155 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler -' at lower right|
|Inscribed:||'1867 -' at lower right|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||2|
|Catalogues:||K.94; M.94; W.84|
|Impressions taken from this plate (22)|
'Liverpool' (1870s, Whistler). 4
'Leylands steamer' (1877, Charles Augustus Howell (1840?-1890)). 5
'Shipping' (Union League Club, 1881). 6
'Shipping at Liverpool' (1886, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 7
Whistler's note on an impression of this etching might be considered a place name rather than a title. Howell may have made an assumption that any etching of ships in Liverpool was connected to the shipping line of Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892).
Whistler's links to Liverpool, apart from as a port of transit to America, started in 1867 when Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), commissioned him to paint The Three Girls y088. On 8 October 1867 he wrote to Leyland: 'What a jolly country house yours must be - and the Gallery 30 feet high! - One of these days I hope to see it - ' 9 This makes it clear that at that point he had not seen Leyland's house at Speke Hall, near Liverpool, but was fishing for an invitation. Whistler and his mother probably first visited Speke in September 1869.
8: Ted Finch, on the Emigration-Ships Mailing List, 19 June 1997, at http://www.clydesite.co.uk (accessed 2007.12.4).
9: Whistler to F. R. Leyland, [8 October 1867], GUW #08795; see also A. M. Whistler to M. G. Hill, [8-10] September , #07642.