‘The Angler,’ 1861. Steel-plate etching, cut by Whistler. 4¾ x 6¼ inches; plate 7. This work illustrates ‘The Fisherman’s Soliloquy’ by John Hamilton Reynolds, but only bears a loose connection to the text and seems to show a man punting a boat rather than fishing. Whistler again focuses on the atmosphere of the moment, creating a sense of airy reverie and delicate reflection. The refined treatment of the background of trees, described in the lightest of touches, is a graphic equivalent to the fading light and diffuse outlines in Whistler’s Impressionist paintings. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

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Passages from Modern English Poets, Illustrated by the Junior Etching Club. London: William Tegg [1861].

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