James McNeill Whistler (American, 18341903)
Etching; 7 1/4 x 10 3/8 in. (18.4 x 26.4 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917 (17.3.85)
Born in New England, Whistler studied painting in Paris and then based himself in London. There he introduced the French practice of etching and lithographing as seriously as one painted. In his prints of the river Thames, as in those of the lagoons of Venice, Whistler developed subtle tonal variations that alluded dreamily to a triumph of water and air over substance.