Signed and dated in print, l.l.: Jules Héreau. 1874 Inscribed in margin, l.l.: Imp. Cadart Letters in margin, l.l.: J. Héreau pinx. et sculp. ; l.c.: LA TAMISE ; l.r.: Vve A. Cadart, Edit. Imp. 56 Bart Haussmann, Paris. ; u.r.: 579 Watermark, u.l.: [ARC]HES
The curving bank of a river begins at the lower left of the image and sweeps around towards the left. Hugging the water's edge are many wooden buildings of two to five stories in height. At the far left, in the distance, are numerous two- and three-masted ships at anchor. The water at the lower left is open and quiet; a few small boats can be seen; the sky indicates that it is an overcast day.
In the later 1870s, Whistler revisited subjects of the docks and wharves along the Pool of London; his etchings of such views in the "Thames Set" had been very popular. This site along the Thames is seen from Limehouse, on the right is the Free Trade Wharf in Ratcliffe.
Signed in plate, in reverse, l.l.: Gavarni Inscription: Des Phrases / No. 3 / Par Gavarni. / Chez Rauger R du Croissant 16 / Imp d'Anhert 8 C 19 UNE FADAISE SUR UNE FALAISE. / "...C'est toi, beau Zephir ou se gonflet nos voiles, / "Parfum dont on s'enivre, espoir qui nous soutiens, / "Papillons qui nous suis, hirondelle qui viens / "Te mirer dans les flots ou tremblent nos étoiles, "Soeur de tous nos anges gardiens; / C'est toi, constant bonheur, Foi de notre voyage, / "Patronne qu'à genoux chaque soir nous prions, / "Femme!...c'est toujours toi." / (Gavarni) Stamp, l.r.: