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ID number:  BIRBI-2003.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Whistler, James Abbott McNeill (1834-1903)
Title / Object name:  The "Adam and Eve", Old Chelsea
Object type:  Print
Place made:  London
Culture:  British
Date made:  1879
Materials:  Etching on fine Japanese paper
Measurements:  176 x 304 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Campbell Fine Art, March 2003

Whistler’s depiction of life on the Thames in Chelsea is retrospective, showing an old riverside inn, The Adam and Eve, next to rows of dilapidated buildings which were demolished during the early 1870s to make way for the Chelsea Embankment. Often working from photographic sources, Whistler created scenes with rapid, loose lines and a freedom of hand characteristic of Impressionist printmaking styles. The figures in the foreground act as a reminder of man’s inextricable relationship with nature.

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