Etching on Asian paper
Bequeathed by Joseph Whistler Revillon, 1955
Hunterian Art Gallery, GLAHA 46730
The harbour-master's bow-windowed house was on Broadway Wharf, on the north bank of the Thames. A distant sign reads 'CURTIS GIN', a distillery company on the Mile End Road. The deeply etched lines, heavy foul biting and fine detail, convey a gritty realism.
This etching may have been what inspired the French critic Charles Baudelaire im 1862 when he praised Whistler for etching 'wonderful tangles of rigging, yardarms and rope … the profound and intricate poetry of a vast capital.' 1.