James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
'Thames Police or Wapping Wharf'
Etched 1859, printed and published 1871
Etching (Kennedy 44, State III, as published in A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames, 1871)
Museum no. CAI 149
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
As the plate became progressively worn during printing, the original delicate drypoint lines indicating the sky wore away. In later impressions such as this they are barely visible.