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The Tall Bridge

Artist: James McNeill Whistler (United States, 1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
Lithotint on paper
27.6 x 18.1 cm
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Unlike Whister's early lithotints that were drawn directly on the printing stone, The Broad Bridge was based on a preliminary charcoal drawing. Whistler traced the drawing onto his stone, going over the resulting outline with a crayon before completing the design by adding washes. When he was almost finished, he scraped away some of the tone to lighten the sky between piers and add highlights to the water. Although the image is in reverse, the view is through the wooden piers of old Battersea Bridge, with the warehouses and smokestacks of Battersea silhouetted against the sky.

Whistler lithographs are identified by "C." numbers as described in The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998). This print is C12.

To 1888
H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, NY, to 1888 [1]

From 1888 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from H. Wunderlich & Co. in 1888 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Whistler List, Lithographs, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Former owner
C.L. Freer source: H. Wunderlich & Co.
On View Location
Currently not on view
bridge, United States
Collection(s) Area
American Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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