|Size:||159 x 235 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at lower right (3-final)|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||6|
|Catalogues:||K.153; M.150; W.123|
|Impressions taken from this plate (24)|
London Bridge dates from 1877. The first record of a sale is in October 1877. 1 Furthermore, The Academy reported in November 1877:
1: [10 October 1877], GUW #12734.
'Among comparatively or quite recent etchings and dry-points executed by Mr Whistler, there is a plate of London Bridge which is by no means inferior to the best of his river-side views and studies on the waters of the Thames. The bridge is seen from below it, near the water's edge, and at no great distance, the sweep of one great arch being drawn, and all the massiveness of the masonry indicated, with freedom and force of hand. The composition, too, whether or no it has actually preoccupied the artist, has the appearance of having been more carefully balanced than in some other plates by the same skilled but unequal etcher with which the artistic public is already familiar.' 2
This news item was picked up by The Belfast News, which reported on 19 November 1877: 'Among comparatively or quite recent etchings and drypoints executed by Mr. Whistler there is a plate of London Bridge, which is by no means inferior to the best of his river side views and studies on the waters of the Thames.' 3
3: Thanks to Martin Hopkinson for this and many other references.