Printed on laid paper. Signed in pencil in the tab lower left. From the edition of approximately 30 impressions. Trimmed to the platemark by the artist.
This etching depicts the front of 72 Cheyne Walk, a fish shop owned by Mrs. Elizabeth Maunder. It stood on a row of shops, just west of Chelsea Old Church.
Maunder's Fish Ship was an important feature of the western end of Cheyne Walk. It patronised by Thomas Carlyle's wife, Jane, and was in a row of buildings which, in part, reputedly dated back to Sir Thomas More's time. The shop was demolished by 1892 and was replaced by a house built by C.R Ashbee. Whistler lived in the Ashbee house agfter his return to London from Paris in 1902 and died there in 1903. The house was destroyed by bombs during World War II. A terracotta medallion from the facade of Maunder's Fish Shop, visible in the etching, is now in the Chelsea Public Library.
Whistler also depicted Maunder's Fish Shop in two etchings from the 1880s, a lithograph and a painting - 'Fish Shop, Busy Chelsea' (Kennedy 264), 'Little Maunder's' (Kennedy 279), 'Maunder's Fish Shop, Chelsea' (Way 28) and 'A Street in Old Chelsea' (Young 249).