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Molesey Lock (Whistler on the gate)

Molesey Lock (Whistler on the gate)

Edwin Edwards 1823-1879

Etching, 1861

Edwards was a lawyer who later turned to art and music. He went to drawing classes and through a fellow student was introduced to Whistler, Legros, Fantin-Latour and Haden. Legros taught him how to etch in the winter of 1860-61 and he installed a press at his house in Sunbury, where his wife Ruth became skilled at printing. During the 1860s and 70s their home was a meeting place for French and British painters and etchers. This print was made when Edwards, Whistler, Fantin-Latour and Haden made an etching trip along the Thames in August 1861. Whistler etched The Thames (Sketching No. 1) on the same occasion.

Given by Sir Herbert Thompson 1920

Collections record: P.934-R

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