James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Rotherhithe, published as Wapping
Etched 1860, printed and published 1871
Etching (Kennedy 66, State III, as published in A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames, 1871)
Museum no. CAI 139
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
The subject and composition of this important etching are closely related to Wapping (National Gallery of Art, Washington), Whistler's brilliantly innovative oil painting of the same year. He kept the painting secret from rivals such as Courbet for fear that his ideas would be stolen.