This print by artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler presents two East London dockworkers in a moment of rest, smoking together near the shore of the Thames. Rotherhithe in 19th-century London was one of the city’s poorest districts, and dockworkers were among the lowest-paid laborers. As an outsider, Whistler portrays these workers in a rare moment of indulgence and leisure, creating a picturesque vision of urban life.
This object was donated by Leo Wallerstein.
Cite this object as
Print, Rotherhithe; Designed by James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834–1903); USA; etching and drypoint on paper; 1954-89-4
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Virtue in Vice.