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Landscape with Fisherman

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 85
Date: 1861
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 152 x 228 mm
Signed: 'Whistler' at lower right
Inscribed: '1861.' at lower right
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 18
Catalogues: K.83; M.84
Impressions taken from this plate  (18)


boat, cancelled plate, fisherman, horse, landscape, man standing, river, tree.


There is no record of Whistler's original title. The only variations in the title are as follows:

'Fishing' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 1
'Landscape with a Fisherman' (1910, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 2

'Landscape with a Fisherman' is a clear and descriptive title, and is generally accepted.

1: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 84).

2: Kennedy 1910[more] (cat. no. 83).


To right a man is standing on a grassy river bank, with a fishing rod. A large willow tree is to his right. A stake sticks out of the water in the foreground. At the extreme left men and a horse are towing a boat. To right, near the far bank, is a small boat with a single mast. In the distance, beyond a level meadow, is a row of trees. There are clouds in the sky.


Not identified, though it could be one of Whistler's friends such as Edwin Edwards (1823-1879) or Matthew White Ridley (1837-1888).


This may have been at Sunbury-on-Thames, where Whistler visited Edwin Edwards (1823-1879). A similar fishing scene appears in Sketching, No. 2 084.
In 1873 Henry Taunt wrote:
'Sunbury Weir, with the stream running from it, is a fine reach for fly fishing, as well as for pike, barbel, perch, and with a few trout. The backwater, called Cane Edge, running behind the islands below the lock, is good for dace, while lower down, on the Middlesex side, are chubb and jack.' 3