A curving country town street lies before the viewer. On either side of the street are row houses and other buildings; along the right side of the composition is a darkened doorway and steps facing the viewer. Along the street are numerous figures strolling. At the bottom of the image at the right is a dog, facing up the street and away from the viewer.
Paper size: h 33 3/5cm x tw 42 1/2cm & bw 42 3/10cm. Image size: h 22 7/10cm x w 31 2/5cm.
This lithograph is printed is tones of brown ink on cream colored paper. There is a large dappled horse standing in a stall with a back hoof raised. On the left, a man, standing with feet braced and muscular arms extended, uses tools to attach a shoe to the horse's hoof. Steam billows from the hot metal shoe. On the right, a man stands leaning against the stall and a small child reaches up toward the horse's reins. The horse bends its head down toward the child. There is English writing below this scene that identifies the artist, title and publisher.
The Unsafe Tenement, One of the 'Twelve Etchings from Nature,' or the 'French Se
James McNeill Whistler
A ramshackle, half-timbered house fills most of the plate. Seen from an angle, the view of the house is accented by the sharp shadows created by dormer windows and a patchwork of overhanging roof. In the foreground, at the left, a dog is curled up sleeping in the sun; next to him leaning against the house is a pitchfork. At the center foreground, two children speak to one another through a partially open doorway or gate in the yard.
Artist Life Dates
1834 - 1903
Object Creation Date
Medium and Support
etching, printed in black ink on Japan paper, laid down on white wove plate paper