The Beggars

James Abbott McNeill Whistlerca. 1880

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University


  • Title: The Beggars
  • Creator: James McNeill Whistler
  • Date Created: ca. 1880
  • Subject Keywords: agriculture, beggars, genre, labor
  • Signatures / Inscriptions: Signed in pencil on tab, lower left: butterfly monogram and “imp.”; inscribed, upper left: faint butterfly monogram as in Kennedy; inscribed in pencil on verso, lower right: “The Beggars” and butterfly monogram
  • Set or Series Title: Venice, Whistler, Twelve Etchings (The First Venice Set)
  • Print State: Ninth of nine states
  • Object Type: Prints, works of art
  • Object Link: See this artwork on the Davison Art Center website
  • Object Credit Line: Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University. Gift of George W. Davison (B.A. Wesleyan 1892), 1938
  • Materials & Techniques: Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink on thin laid paper
  • Image Credit Line: Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (http://www.wesleyan.edu/dac/openaccess)
  • Edition: From the set “Venice, Whistler, Twelve Etchings,” known as the “First Venice Set,” published by the Fine Art Society, London, 1880
  • Dimensions: 1903
  • Bibliography: Kennedy 194 ix/ix
  • Associated People: Created by James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903)
  • Accession Number: 1938.D1.44