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Wych Street

Accession Number
1954/1.363

Title
Wych Street

Artist(s)
James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1877

Medium & Support
etching and drypoint, printed in black ink on laid paper

Dimensions
12 15/16 in. x 8 7/16 in. ( 32.9 cm x 21.5 cm )

Credit Line
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker

Subject matter
Whistler's interest in depicting picturesque old buildings and the sharp recession provided by closely build houses goes back to "The Street at Saverne" from the French Set. These old structures were also captured by the photographers Alfred and John Bool (see 1991/1.114) and may possibly reflect Whistler's interest in recording, and possibly preserving, distinctive older architecture.

Physical Description
A street view.  The upper two stories of buildings in a narrow city street are drawn, the ground floor left undescribed. The vantage point severly crops and foreshortens the buildings on the right side of the street, but gives a fuller view of the gables and overhangs of the buildings on the left side of the street.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
buildings
streets
streetscapes
window

1 Related Resource

London
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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