DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 2.75 x 7.75 in/ 6.98 x 19.68 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed and dated ‘Whistler.1859’
MEDIUM: Etching on wove paper
In this wonderful etching, Whistler depicts a view of the river Thames showing the Hermitage Coal Wharf and other wharves in Wapping. On the left, the warehouses have signs which read “Fred Vink &Co / Rope & Sail Makers / Smith & Son / Hermitage Coal Wharf.”, hinting at the maritime industry. Down the shore on the right a warehouse sign reads “Hore’s Wharf.” This is a busy scene with several sailing ships and lighters. The Coal Wharf later became the Hermitage Steam Wharf, from where the London and Edinburgh Shipping Company ran regular services to Leith.