A sweeping panorama of a city is visible from an elevated vantage point. Bridges cross a river and boats are evident. The river occupies the right side of the composition and the curving near bank of the river dominates the left side of the work. The cityscape includes many buildings, culimnating in one large dome in the distance. There is evidence that a window ledge exists along the bottom of the image and in the distance there are blustery clouds, indicating a leaden wintery sky.
Painting shows a large country estate house. Situated in the middle distance, the house angles into space. At the near end is a dovecotte and at the furthest point is an arcade attaching the main house to another building that is obscured by trees. The foreground is framed by trees on either side, the lefthand tree is partially dead. At center in the foreground is an elegant party in a boat on a small lake. This group consists of two women and a man, hand outstretched indicating the scene of the house in the distance. In addition, two men in vests are also part of the group in the boat, one of whom is seated, the other is propelling the boat with an oar. Swans, with wings extended behind them, also grace the surface of the water.
Old Hungerford Bridge, from the 'Sixteen Etchings,' or the 'Thames Set'
James McNeill Whistler
The thriving commercial activity of a metropolitan river is shown as ships and barges of all types maneuver along the river's edge in the foreground. In the middle distance a bridge spans the water and beyond more buildings are loosely sketched in.
Artist Life Dates
1834 - 1903
Object Creation Date
Medium and Support
etching and drypoint, printed in black ink on laid paper