This is a Print. It was created by James McNeill Whistler. It is dated 1860 and 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
It is credited
Gift of Leo Wallerstein.
Its dimensions are
32.2 x 24.2 cm (12 11/16 x 9 1/2 in.)
It is signed
Signed in plate, lower left: Whistler 1860
It is inscribed
Inscribed in graphite, lower right: R5051
Cite this object as
Print, Rotherhithe; James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834–1903); USA; etching and drypoint on paper; 32.2 x 24.2 cm (12 11/16 x 9 1/2 in.) ; Gift of Leo Wallerstein; 1954-89-4
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Virtue in Vice.