WHISTLER, James Abbott McNeill (1834-1903)
[London]: Philip Gilbert Hamerton, 1859 [issued 1878-82]. Etching and dry point, signature in image: "Whistler. 1859", black ink on laid paper. State ix of IX. Image size (including text): 5 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches. Sheet size: 9 5/8 x 13 3/4 inches. Plate mark: 6 x 8 7/8 inches.
One of Whistler's views of London life.
Billingsgate was a fish market near London Bridge, an old wharf on the Thames. Whistler captures the place and moment with a cool objectivity that includes bustling crowds, fishermen chatting, bobbing boats, the rolling river and clouds in the sky.