• Whistler moved to London in 1859 for new inspiration and lived in a wharf district below Tower Bridge. The commercial activity along the Thames inspired many etchings, including ‘The Pool’.
• ‘The Pool’ of London was a prominent piece of Whistler’s, most notably for the deliberately confrontational depiction of working class realism it captured. The expressive sketching and formal arrangements within this piece were inspired by Japanese woodblock prints & helped Whistler to create a beautiful, yet eye-opening look into the lives of Londoners.
• Etching offered Whistler the opportunity to sketch his ideas quickly, then gradually refine and develop them through multiple states. ‘The Pool’ is from the fourth and final state, therefore can be seen as an important piece within Te Papa’s collection of treasures.
• Whistler became highly skilled at etching, dry-point and controlled inking. His striking collection of works acted as an inspiration for artists around the world lead him to becoming a significant figure of the post-impressionist movement.
Please note that processing time for Museum Collection Prints/Mātātuhi mai i kohinga o Te Papa is 5 to 10 business days.
Reproduction prints are as close as possible to the paper sizes available without compromising the aspect ratios of the original artworks.
Image colours may differ on personal devices compared to the physical print due to screen variations.