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James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1834-1903.

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Greenhithe. (The Thames Towards Erith) 1877.Drypoint. Kennedy 165.iii/iv; Glasgow 48.iii/vi. 5 7/8 x 8 7/8 (sheet 8 1/8 x 12 9/16). Glasgow records 25 other known impressions. A fine, tonal early proof printed in black ink on 'Pro Patria' maid of Dort laid paper (Chicago, lithographs, paper #242). Monogrammed with the butterfly in the plate. $5,750.

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Macdonald writes: "Since Greenhithe is five miles from Erith it is misleading to call this 'towards Erith' and so Whistler's original title ' Greenhithe ' has been preferred."

Greenhithe is in the County of Kent, on the south bank of the River Thames, between Stone and Swanscombe, and about five miles below Erith. Newly launched ships were fitted out in the docks there, and tall ships were unloaded into Thames barges that could navigate further up the river. It was also a popular resort in Victorian times, easily reached by riverboats and railway from the city of London.

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Please click on the link to the Glasgow online catalogue raisonné Greenhithe.

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