Two horses, seen from behind, stand in front of a shed-like structure. On the threshold and partly shadowed to the left stand two figures, a man in an apron and an youth holding a bucket upside down. On the right, closer to the viewer is a whetstone; on the far left of the composition is a rain barrel.
Sketching, No. 1; an illustration for 'Passages from Modern English Poets'
James McNeill Whistler
A rural countryside with a river flowing into the distance at the right dominates the scene. Two figures in a rowboat are at the center of the image and at the lower right corner, an artist, seated on a camp stool and facing away from the viewer, sketches the rowers.