Billingsgate by James Abbot McNeill Whistler (1834–1903). Signed and dated “1859.” Etching on Japan paper, 153 x 225 mm. The Stamp of Whistler reproduced the seventh state of the etching, which is in the Allen Memorial Art Museum of Oberlin College. Robert W. Getscher points out that “the vignetted boat in the foreground and the musical procession of masts are two popular motifs of Whistler which received wide currency when this plate was published in January 1878 in The Portfolio” (61). [Click on image to enlarge it]

Victorian and Edwardian images of structures in this plate

[Source of image: Pennell & Courbin. Caption material from Getscher. Formatting and text by George P. Landow. You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the University of Toronto and Internet Archive and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.


Pennell, Joseph, and F. Courbin. Concerning the Etchings of Mr. Whistler. 7th ed. New York: Frederick Keppel, [1910?] University of Toronto copy available online from the Internet Archive.

Getscher, Robert W. The Stamp of Whistler. Exhibition catalogue. Oberlin, Ohio: Allen Memorial Art Museum, 1977. Catalogue number 32.

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