Tuesday 10 May 2005 8.18pm
There is a most beautiful picture on display at present in the Tate Britain Monet/Turner/Whistler exhibition of a view of Wapping from the Angel.I have tried to copy and paste it without success but if you follow this link you should be able to see it.
Here is the description
These three figures are sitting on the balcony of the Angel Inn in London's docklands. The woman is a prostitute, and is apparently taunting the sailor on the right; the man in the middle may be a pimp.
Nineteenth-century Wapping was a grimy, seedy place. Victorians frequently linked the stench of the Thames, polluted with waste and excrement, with moral degradation. But Whistler describes his figures with a detached observation which deliberately avoids moralising. His choice of such a modern life subject reflects the influence of the revolutionary painter, Gustave Courbet, whose work he'd seen in Paris a few years earlier.