In Venice: The Artist's Vision, Julian Halsby quotes an art critic who was a contemporary of James McNeil Whistler. The critic, Frederick Wedmore stated:
Some of us thought at first they (Whistler's etchings) were not satisfactory because they did not record the Venice which the cultivated tourist, with his guidebooks and his volumes of Ruskin, goes out from London to see. . . The past and its record were not his business in Venice. For him, the lines of the speed boat, the lines of the fishing tackle,the shadow under the squalid archway, the wayward vine of the garden, had been as fascinating, as engaging, as worthy of chronicle, as the Domes of St, Mark's.