|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||120 x 166 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler' at lower left (1-3); 'W' partly removed (4-final)|
|Inscribed:||'1861.' at lower left (1-3); partly removed (4-final)|
|Set/Publication:||Junior Etching Club, 1862|
|No. of States:||6|
|Catalogues:||K.85; M.86; T.85; W.68|
|Impressions taken from this plate (35)|
According to the Pennells: 'Other work he showed elsewhere was also praised. The Punt and Sketching, published in Passages from Modern English Poets, were at once singled out for admiration.' 12 There was a certain amount of truth in this assertion.
F.G. Stephens in The Athenaeum found Whistler's two etchings 'beyond praise' and Charles Mackay in The London Review, commented 'Mr. Whistler, a man with a most genuine gift for etching, sends two designs. In 'The Angler' the water is liquid, the knolled distance with trees pretty, and the sky, though scratchy, has motion and recession.' 13
Three years later, when the volume was re-issued, one journalist stated: 'Of the landscape prints the contributions of Mr. Whistler are much the best'. 14 The Morning Post added, moderately: ''The Angler's Soliloquy' is illustrated by Whistler, and though sketchy, is very suggestive.' And, appropriately, a review in The Sporting Gazette Limited praised: 'two charming aquatic subjects by J. Whistler, though only slight sketches, are highly effective, and display no little artistic ability. They are Plate 7, 'The Angler', in illustration of Reynolds' 'Angler's Saliloquy' [sic] and 45 'River scene', to which Charles Mackay's pleasing verses gave birth.' 15
12: Pennell 1908 , I, pp. 91-92, 96-97.
13: The Athenaeum, 7 June 1862, p. 765; 'Art and Science. The Junior Etching Club', The London Review ..., 6 September 1862, p. 218. See also The Lady's Newspaper, 14 June 1862, p. 370. Thanks to Martin Hopkinson for this and many other references!
14: Pall Mall Gazette, 18 December 1865. See also The Standard, 25 December 1865, p. 6.
15: Morning Post, London, 19 December 1865, p. 2; The Sporting Gazette Limited, 6 January 1866, p. 3.
Impressions were exhibited by print dealers, particularly by H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898 (, bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919)) and 1903, and also by Obach & Co. in London in 1903. 17
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19: Sotheby's, 3 March 1892 (lot 121) and 25 November 1895 (lot 157).