Chelsea Bridge and Church

James McNeill Whistler, 1871

WAG 1588

About this object

'Chelsea Bridge and Church' was published in 1871 by Messrs Ellis and Green as part of 'Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames and Other Subjects', known more widely as the 'Thames Set'.

Most of the plates were completed between 1859 and 1861; however Whistler was still working on this plate in the months leading up to its publication in 1871. It is thought that either Whistler or the publisher was unhappy with it. Correspondence concerning this plate and its publication still survives, sent from Speke Hall, Liverpool, while Whistler was staying with his patron, Liverpool ship-owner Frederick Leyland (1831-92).

The church, on the left, is located on the corner of Church Street and Cheyne Walk, near to where Whistler lived. Whistler often visited his friend, the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) who also lived on Cheyne Walk.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    James McNeill Whistler (American, born:1834-07-10, died:1903-07-17)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Ink; Paper; Etching; Drypoint
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 10.1 cm x 17 cm
  • Physical description
    A river view showing boats in the foreground on the left with a church and bridge in the distance.
  • Related people
    James Smith (Previous owner) ; James McNeill Whistler (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1588; Accession Number: WAG 1588
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Galllery by James Smith of Blundellsands in 1923
  • Location
    Sudley House, First Floor, Special Exhibitions Room
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • James Smith

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1923
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: 2875P
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Base; Centre; Front; Below plate
  • Inscription text: IN 1588
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Base; Front; Lower right; Below plate
Object view = Fine Art
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