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Man Fishing

Impression: Whistler Etchings Project
Whistler Etchings Project
Number: 404
Date: 1888
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 220 x 131 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 1
Catalogues: K.-; M.-; T.-; W.-
Impressions taken from this plate  (1)


fishing, landscape, man, tree.


Whistler's original title is not known. The only recorded title is as follows:

'Man Fishing' (1903/1935, Hunterian Art Gallery). 1

'Man Fishing', the descriptive title recorded by the Hunterian Art Gallery, may have been suggested by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958). The title may have had Whistler's approval because Miss Birnie Philip sorted his copper plates at his request in 1901, and was his executrix. However, it might have been written later, when the plates were sorted after Whistler's death in 1903, or when they were given to the University of Glasgow in 1935, or even by later cataloguers in the Hunterian Art Gallery.

1: Museum records.


A man wearing a loose jacket and trousers and a round brimmed hat stands to left of centre, on the low grassy bank of a tree-lined pool, his fishing rod extending over the water to right.


Not identified.


Not identified. Whistler did make occasional forays into the country, in, for instance, southern England, the Loire valley and Brittany in France, and in Holland.


Although such landscape scenes are rare in Whistler's etched work, there were several early Thames-side subjects that included fishing: Landscape with Fisherman 085, as well as The Camp 080, The Punt 082, and Sketching 083. A later landscape etching, drawn in Holland, is Zaandam 458.