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Ratcliffe Highway

Drypoint on wove paper
K.80 (1/1)
Purchased, 2001, with support from the National Fund for Acquisitions and The Art Fund
Hunterian Art Gallery, GLAHA 53567

Ratcliffe Highway, north of Wapping and the Thames, was a squalid slum full of dance halls, gin-houses, sailors and prostitutes. There are only four impressions of this drypoint with its rich, expressive lines.

On the verso of this one are several important collectors' marks: J.H. Hutchinson of London, B.B. MacGeorge of Glasgow, Howard Mansfield, New York lawyer (who wrote a catalogue of Whistler's etchings), and H.G. Whittemore of Naugatuck, Connecticut.