|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||120 x 166 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler - ' at lower right (1-3); partly removed (4-final)|
|Set/Publication:||Junior Etching Club, 1862|
|No. of States:||6|
|Catalogues:||K.86; M.87; T.86; W.69|
|Impressions taken from this plate (35)|
'A River Scene' (1862, Passages from Modern English Poets). 3
'The Thames' (1870s, possibly Whistler). 4
'The Thames' (1881, Union League Club). 5
'Sketching' (1886, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 6
'The Thames' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 7
'Sketching, No. 1' (1910, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932). 8
The view undoubtedly shows the Thames, and is a river scene, with a figure sketching in the foreground. Thus Wedmore's title 'Sketching' is appropriate.
Kennedy's numbering was intended to distinguish it from another etching done at the same time, also showing an artist at work, which he called 'Sketching, No. 2' (Sketching, No. 2 084).
9: Lochnan 1984[more], p. 134.
In an earlier etching of the artist at work, Whistler adapted a sketch of his companion Ernest Delannoy (d. 1860/1870) to look more like a self-portrait, and it may be that he followed this practice again.
10: Catalogue of dry points and etchings by Edwin Edwards, cat. nos. 46, 33, 44; Fitzwilliam Museum, P.942-R, P.940-R , P.934-R. Web-page at http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk (accessed 2011).