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James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1834-1903.

Chelsea. 1879. Etching and drypoint. Kennedy 182.ii; Glasgow 61.iv/v. 5 1/4 x 8 1/8 (sheet 9 x 12 1/2. Glasgow lists 61 known impressions. A rich proof with plate tone printed on cream laid paper. Signed with the butterfly in the plate. $1,750.

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This is one of three etchings of the old Fulham (or Putney) toll bridge that Whistler etched in 1879. The wooden structure had to be constantly repaired and in 1879 was scheduled for replacement by the present stone bridge (constructed 1882-6).

The etchings shows Chelsea Church and Old Battersea Bridge. Glasgow considers the original title, Chelsea, is preferable to

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Please click on the link to the Glasgow online catalog raisonné Chelsea.

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