Inscribed and dated in plate, lower left: Whistler 1860
Rotherhithe had been a London port on the River Thames for centuries when the American expatriate painter and printmaker Whistler depicted these two salty denizens of its docks. An innovative printmaker, Whistler sparked an etching revival among British painters in the 1860s by combining the linear spontaneity of a sketch with an admiration of Japanese woodblock prints—a full decade before the advent of Impressionism.
Alfreda J. Murck, "Acquisitions 1967," Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University 27, no. 1 (1968): p. 35-41.