A vignette of a group of women on a balcony, all looking downward. The women have hats and parasols. There the horizontal bands that indicate architecture delineating different stories. Above the gathering on the terrace, at the center of the image is a small window that shows two other people looking outward.
The president of France, Marie Francois Sadi Carnot (1837-1894) was assassinated on June 24, 1894. On July 1, the day of his funeral procession in Paris, Whistler drew two lithographs (the other is "The Long Balcony," 1964/1.109) showing citizens of Paris watching the progress of the cortege from windows and balconies as the procession passed underneath.
Signed, in pen, l.r.: Liliane De Cock On verso, u.l.: 51 Sticker, c.: $40 Stamp. c.: PHOTOGRAPH BY LILIANE DE COCK On verso, c., stamp with information filled in by artist: TITLE Windmill--Storm near Santa Fe, New Mexico CREDIT DATE 1965 FILM 4x5 (Polaroid 55 P/N negative)
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.
This view of the old Hungerford Bridge dominates the scene which both in the foreground and in the distance under and behind the bridge can be seen the thriving shipping along the Thames so frequently the subject of Whistler's "Thames Set" etchings.