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Object ID #18401661

This is a Print. It was designed by James McNeill Whistler. We acquired it in 1954. Its medium is etching and drypoint on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

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 catalogued by Julie Pastor.

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Object ID #18401661; 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.

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