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The Pool

Artist: James McNeill Whistler (United States, 1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
Etching on paper
H x W (overall): 13.8 x 21.3 cm (5 7/16 x 8 3/8 in)
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
The appearance of a print is affected by many factors, including the way in which the plate is inked, the color of the ink, and the kind of paper used. This impression of The Pool is richly printed on thin laid Japan paper, which gives an extra luster to the dark black ink. The Pool was a wide stretch of the Thames downstream from Black Lion Wharf.

Whistler etchings are identified by "K" numbers as assigned in Edward Kennedy's catalogue, The Etched Work of Whistler, (New York: Grolier Club, 1910; and subsequent editions). This print is K43; third state of four.Whistler etchings are identified by "G" numbers as assigned in "James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonn," by Margaret F. McDonald, Grischka Petri, Meg Hausberg, and Joanna Meacock (University of Glasgow, 2012), This print is G49 state 4 of 6.

To 1888
Frederick Keppel and Co., London, England, and New York, NY, to 1888 [1]

From 1888 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Frederick Keppel and Co. in 1888 [2]

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


[1] See Original Whistler List, Etchings, 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
Frederick Keppel and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
boat, city, etching, United States
Collection(s) Area
American Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

We are excited to reopen the Freer on October 7, 2017, following a renovation to allow us to better present our art and serve our visitors.
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