James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
The Little Pool
Etched 1861, printed and published 1871
Etching (Kennedy 74, State VIII, as published in A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames, 1871)
Museum no. CAI 148
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
In this daring composition, the two figures to the left are Whistler himself, drawing on a copperplate, and his friend and patron Sergeant Thomas, a rich lawyer who was involved in early plans for the publication of the 'Thames Set' etchings. The image was conceived as an announcement for the series, but the printers mistakenly erased Whistler's original etched lettering.