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Old Hungerford Bridge

ca. 1863
9 x 12 7/8 in. (22.8 x 32.7 cm)

James Abbott McNeill Whistler
United States (Lowell, MA, 1834 – 1903, London)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Etching and drypoint
Credit Line: Bequest of Ida Lynch
Accession Number: 1941.17
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Location: Not currently on view
Publisher: Ellis and Green, London

The American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler, based primarily in London, and Monet were both committed to working from nature and seeking beauty in contemporary environments. They directed their focus increasingly on transient effects of light and weather and revisited their subjects under varying conditions. In particular, both artists shared a fascination with the landmarks and activity along London’s Thames River.

This etchings was a part of Whistler’s A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames and Other Subjects (known as “The Thames Set”). When they were published in 1871, the prints were already recognized as a valuable record of an already vanishing London.

[Label copy from Monet: Vision and Process exhibition, 2018]

See general references: Edward G. Kennedy, "The Etched Work of Whistler," New York, 1910: p. 29-30, no. 76 (text volume); "Americans at Home and Abroad: Graphic Arts, 1855-1975," Madison, WI, 1976 : cat. no. 8, p. 19, repr. p. 32

Ida Lynch; her bequest to the Gallery, 1941

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