This is an original drypoint printed in black ink on laid paper bearing the De Ervin de Blauw beehive watermark (a beehive surmounting the letters DEDB in a flowery shield). Signed in the plate at the lower left corner: 'Whistler'.
This work is a fine impression of Kennedy's only state, from the edition of approximately 100 published in 1871 by Messrs. Ellis and Green, London, in the series Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames and Other Subjects, commonly referred to as the “Thames Set.” Catalogue raisonné reference: Kennedy 75.
After the two-month period in fall of 1859 during which Whistler took up residence in Wapping on the Thames to work on the eight plates that were to become a major portion of the “Thames Set," he left for a ten-week trip to Paris where he experimented with drypoint. Encouraged by the success of the Thames plates, he returned to Wapping later in the year. During this period Whistler received a visit from Sergeant Thomas, an elderly lawyer who enjoyed patronizing young artists. Thomas agreed to offer Whistler's etchings for sale, and the two began to make plans for Whistler's first one-man exhibition of etchings. Early in 1861 Whistler returned to the Thames to etch additional views in preparation for the exhibition, including “Early Morning Battersea."
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