The Thames in Ice
- Oil painting
- Artist: James McNeill Whistler (United States, 1834-1903)
- Historical period(s)
- Oil on canvas
- H x W: 74.6 x 55.3 cm (29 3/8 x 21 3/4 in)
- United States
- Credit Line
- Gift of Charles Lang Freer
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- After Whistler moved from Paris to London in 1859, he found the river Thames to be a constant source of inspiration. Originally titled The Twenty-fifth of December 1860. On the Thames, this picture records a particular moment during a bitterly cold winter, when the river was frozen for more than fourteen weeks. Although he likely retouched the work later in the decade, Whistler claimed to have completed it in three days at an inn overlooking the river. The bold brushstrokes, somber palette, and thinly painted surface reinforce the realistic immediacy of the image. This work seems worlds away from the visual poetry of Whistlers later Nocturnes, but there is a hint of his subsequent aestheticism in the misty gray atmosphere that envelops the factories on the far bank of the river.
Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London 
John James Cowan (1846-1936), Edinburgh, Scotland, to 1901 
From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from John James Cowan in November 1901 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Curatorial Remark 2, C.L. Freer, in the object record.
 See Original Whistler List, Paintings, pg. 37, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 2.
 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
- Seymour Haden (1818 - 1910)
John James Cowan (C.L. Freer source) (1846 - 1936)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- Collection(s) Area
- American Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum