Home > The Catalogue > Browse > Subjects > Etchings > Etching

Lindsey Houses

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 161
Date: 1876/1877
Medium: drypoint
Size: 153 x 230 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 25
Catalogues: K.166; M.162; W.136
Impressions taken from this plate  (25)


barge, bridge, church, city, river, sailing ship, tree.


There are variations only in the spelling of this title:

'Lindsey Houses' (1870s, Whistler). 5
'Lindsay Houses' (1886, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 6
'Lindsey Houses' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)) 7

Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932) commented 'For the proper spelling of Lindsey, see Reliques of Old London, by T. R. Way & H. B. Wheatley.' 8 'Lindsey Houses' is the correct spelling of the title.

5: Written on .

6: Wedmore 1886 A[more] (cat. no. ).

7: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 162).

8: Kennedy 1910[more] (cat. no. 166).


A view looking across the river Thames to the Chelsea shore. At right, two Thames barges with furled sails, and several smaller boats, are moored beside Chelsea embankment. There are people on the barges and on the embankment looking down at them. At far left is an iron bridge, with Chelsea church tower beyond it, to right. In front and to right, there are trees overhanging the river bank. In the centre, behind the embankment, is a row of four-storey houses, then a gap, and, to right, a row of three-storey houses.


Mansfield described this as 'a row of picturesque old houses' and commented 'Lindsey House, Chelsea, built about 1764, was long ago divided into separate houses, which, with additions, became Lindsey Row.' 9

9: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 162).

Etching: c_K166_01
The Thames at Chelsea, 2010.
Photograph M.F. MacDonald, Whistler Etchings Project, 2010.
The view was drawn from off-shore, probably from the deck of a barge, in front of the piers now occupied by Chelsea Yacht Club, looking down the river Thames to Lindsey Row and Old Chelsea church, in London.