Sketches on the Coast Survey Plate, between 1854 and 1855

  • James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American, 1834 - 1903

Etching printed in black ink on laid paper

  • Plate: 5 3/4 × 10 1/4 inches (14.6 × 26 cm) Sheet: 10 1/4 × 16 1/2 inches (26 × 41.9 cm)

City of Detroit Purchase

30.43

Department

Prints, Drawings & Photographs

  • Men
  • Etching (printing process)
  • Ink
  • Laid paper
  • Illustrations
  • Lighthouses
  • Vignettes
  • Studies (visual works)
  • Sketches
  • Portraits
  • Village
  • Sea
  • Coastline
  • Island
  • Landscape (representation)
  • Woman
  • Etching
  • Boy
  • Boston harbor
  • Heads (animal or human components)
  • Head

Signed in plate, lower left of the coast line scene along the top edge: JW

Watermark: MBM

Inscribed in pencil, bottom edge of sheet: Whistler's first etching. Done while in the service of the United States Coast Survey. [ ] Keppel; lower right margin: S[ ]7358.4.

1930-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Sketches on the Coast Survey Plate, between 1854 and 1855, etching printed in black ink on laid paper. Detroit Institute of Arts, City of Detroit Purchase, 30.43.