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Old Battersea Bridge

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 188
Date: 1879
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 202 x 293 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower right (2-6); replaced with new butterfly (6); replaced again (7)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: Fine Art Society, 1879
No. of States: 7
Known impressions: 40
Catalogues: K.177; M.174; W.141
Impressions taken from this plate  (40)


  • Kennedy, Edward G., The Etched Work of Whistler, New York, 1910 (cat. no. 177) 'Old Battersea Bridge'.
  • Mansfield, Howard, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Dry-Points of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Chicago, 1909 (cat. no. 174) 'Old Battersea Bridge'.
  • Wedmore, Sir Frederick, Whistler's Etchings: a Study and a Catalogue, London, 1886 (cat. no. 141) 'Battersea bridge'.


  • London 1880: Black and White Exhibition, Dudley Gallery, 1880 (cat. no. 314) 'Old Battersea Bridge'.
  • Etchings and Dry Points, The Union League Club, New York, 1881 (cat. no. 155) 'Old Battersea'.
  • International Exhibition, Kelvingrove, Glasgow, 1888 (cat. no. 2552-20) 'Battersea Bridge.'
  • World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893 (cat. no. 2228) 'Battersea Bridge'.
  • Exhibition of Etchings, Drypoints. and Lithographs by Whistler, H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1898 (cat. no. 120) 'Battersea Bridge'.
  • (no cat. no.) 'Battersea Bridge'.
  • An Exhibition of Etchings and Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, The Caxton Club, 1900 (cat. no. 123) 'Battersea Bridge'.
  • International Exhibition, Glasgow Art Galleries, Glasgow, 1901 (cat. no. 230) 'Battersea Bridge'.
  • Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, 1901 (cat. no. 1391) 'Battersea Bridge'.
  • 71st Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1902 (cat. no. 947 (141)) 'Battersea Bridge'.
  • Art and Industrial Exhibition, Wolverhampton, 1902 (cat. no. 122) 'Battersea Bridge'.
  • Exhibition of Etchings by James McNeill Whistler, Obach and Co., London, 1903 (cat. no. 115) 'Battersea Bridge'.
  • A Collection of Etchings and Dry Points by Whistler recently acquired, H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1903 (cat. no. 104).
  • Etchings and Dry-Points by James McNeill Whistler, The Grolier Club, New York, 1904 (cat. no. 142) 'Battersea Bridge'.
  • Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Copley Hall, Boston, February 1904 (cat. no. 107) 'Battersea Bridge'.
  • Oeuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'École des Beaux-Art, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 348) 'Le vieux pont de Battersea. - (Old Battersea Bridge)'.
  • Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, Regent Street, London, 1905 (cat. no. 141) 'Battersea Bridge'.

REVIEWS 1855- 1905

  • Anon., 'The Black and White Exhibition', Pall Mall Gazette, 16 June 1880.
  • Anon., The Athenaeum, 19 June 1880, pp. 797-80.
  • Anon., 'The exhibition of works in black and white', Daily News, 1 July 1880.
  • Anon., 'The Black and White Exhibition', The Era, 4 July 1880.
  • Anon., 'At the Picture Galleries. The Black and White', The Etcher, July 1880.
  • Anon., 'Dudley Gallery - The Black and White', The Artist, August 1880, p. 244.
  • F.G. Stephens, The Athenaeum, 21 December 1895, p. 878.


  • Prosaic Views, Poetic Vision, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, 1996 (cat. no. 30).
  • Drawing Near. Whistler Etchings from the Zelman Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1984 (cat. no. 28a).
  • Lochnan, Katharine A., The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1984, pp. 179, 180, 280 (no. 182).
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven and London, 1995 (cat. no. 481).