James McNeill Whistler art links 


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James McNeill Whistler: Symphony in White, No.1: The White Girl, 1862
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James McNeill Whistler

[American Tonalist Painter and Printmaker, 1834-1903]

• Also known as:  James Abbott McNeill Whistler
• Relationships: Studied under Charles Gleyre.
Whistler's students included Gwen John, Walter Greaves, Mortimer Menpes, Lawton Parker, David Ericson and Harper Pennington.
• Browse all:  American artists  /  printmakers

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Paint should not be applied thick, it should be like a breath on the surface of a pane of glass.
- James McNeill Whistler, in The Gentle Art of Making Enemies


    James McNeill Whistler Works Online    
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 N.B. For the sake of readability, we have organized external links into these different tabs: 
  Art Market  
  Image Archives  
  Misc Sites  
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Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago   NEW!

Notable SiteBirmingham Museums & Art Gallery, UK
Many prints online, along with a couple of watercolours

Notable SiteColby College Museum of Art, Maine
Harmony in Grey - Chelsea in Ice, 1864

Notable SiteColby College Museum of Art, Maine
24 works online

Notable SiteDallas Museum of Art, Texas   NEW!
(There is a "Download" link for zooming in on some works, but confusingly this may take a while to become active)

Notable SiteJames McNeill Whistler at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
4 works online

Notable SiteJames McNeill Whistler at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
Exhibition - American Attitude: Whistler & His Followers

Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco   NEW!
Many works online

Notable SiteFitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, UK
Portrait study of a man

Notable SiteFitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, UK
Studies of Rosettes

Notable SiteHunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Collection of hundreds of works by Whistler. Click "Search the Online Catalogue" and search by titles, artwork medium, or other keyword.

Notable SiteLouvre Museum Graphic Art Database, Paris (in French)  

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!  

Notable SiteMusée d'Orsay, Paris
Artworks in the museum's collections database

Notable SiteMusée d'Orsay, Paris
"Works in focus:" Portrait of the Artist's Mother

Notable SiteMusée d'Orsay, Paris
"Works in focus:" Variations in Violet and Green

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!
Paintings collection online

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!
Watercolor collection online

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City  

Notable SiteNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh   NEW!

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Includes a biography of the artist

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra
3 works online by Whistler

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Info about the 2005 exhibition, An artist abroad: the prints of James McNeill Whistler

Notable SiteRijksmuseum, Amsterdam   NEW!

Notable SiteJames McNeill Whistler at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Notable SiteJames McNeill Whistler at the Smithsonian Sackler-Freer Gallery, Washington D.C.
Hundreds of works from the gallery's American collection, mostly by Whistler

Notable SiteTate Gallery, London, UK

Notable SiteThe Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.
Miss Lillian Woakes, 1890-91

Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina
Soupe trois sous (Soup for 3 Sous)
Undocumented feature: Click here to see the image at a much higher resolution.

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts

Akron Art Museum, Ohio   NEW!
(Click on the "View objects by this artist" link)

Amon Carter Museum, Texas
Study for Symphony in Flesh Color and Pink (Mrs. Frederick R. Leyland)

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia
3 works online

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, UK

Ball State Museum of Art, Indiana
Wapping (Rotherhithe), 1860

Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick

Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin
Nocturne: The River at Battersea, 1878

Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Illinois
3 works online (Note that this site opens each work in a new window)

Brooklyn Museum, New York City

Brooklyn Museum, New York City
One work illustrated on this page; keep clicking "Next" in the article for two more

Carleton College Art Gallery, Northfield, Minnesota
Information about an exhibition exploring the work of Whistler and his followers

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
12 works online

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nocturne, the River at Battersea, lithotint, 1878

Charleston, the country home of the Bloomsbury Group, East Sussex, England

Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin
Fumette, from the series Twelve Etchings from Nature

Christchurch Art Gallery / Te Puna O Waiwhetu, New Zealand

Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio   NEW!
Many works online

Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, Charleston, West Virginia

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Whistler and his Circle in Venice

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
3 works online

Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
4 works by or related to the artist

Currier Gallery of Art, New Hampshire

Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Smith's Yard

Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University, Connecticut
Study in Lemon and Turquoise: The Japanese Dress, pastel, ca.1888-90

DePaul University Museum, Chicago
La Marchande de Montarde, etching

Dublin City Gallery | The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland   NEW!

Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa
Page forward to see additional works on the next page

Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, UK
Info about a 2007-08 exhibition: "The Gentle Art: Friends and Strangers in Whistler's Prints"

Frick Collection, New York City   NEW!

Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
Harvard have works in their collections, but unfortunately you have to type in the search yourself

Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, Connecticut

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.   NEW!

Hood Museum of Art, New Hampshire

Hunter Museum of American Art, Tennessee
Gray and Gold - The Golden Bay, 1900

Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington
Chelsea Reach (The Thames), ca.1875

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Juniata College Museum of Art, Huntington, Pennsylvania
The Forge, etching

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, Mississippi

Los Angeles County Museum of Art   NEW!

MacKenzie Art Gallery, Saskatchewan

Maier Museum of Art at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Virginia
(Note: Click the title to view the artwork details, not the thumbnail image.)

Manchester City Art Gallery, UK

McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock, Scotland
The Doorway

McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock, Scotland
The Bead Stringers

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York
14 works listed, 4 of which can be magnified

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
4 works online

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota  

Museum of London, UK
Battersea Reach from Lindsey House, 1864-71

National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
Old Battersea Bridge

New Art Gallery, Walsall, England
The Adam and Eve, Old Chelsea

Oglethorpe University Museum, Georgia
Victoria Club

Oglethorpe University Museum, Georgia
Annie Seated

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma
Rotherhithe, 1860

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Crepuscule in Flesh Color and Green: Valparaiso, 1866

Pomona College Museum of Art, California
Click on "View objects by this artist"

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

San Diego Museum of Art, California   NEW!

James McNeill Whistler at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington D.C.
No Day Without A Line: Whistler in the Archives of American Art

James McNeill Whistler at the Smithsonian Sackler-Freer Gallery, Washington D.C.
Two online exhibits: James McNeill Whistler Interactive
Online guide to Whistler's "Peacock Room"

Southampton City Art Gallery, England

Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas

Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark), Copenhagen
Click "English" at the top right to switch the default language, then click "Search"

Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago   NEW!
39 works online (click "Artwork by This Artist" to see the complete list)

The Walters Art Museum, Maryland   NEW!

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
(Images are zoomable; click on the "expand" icon below the detail image)
Pink and Gold: The Neapolitan, ca.1897

University of Kentucky Art Museum
Limehouse, 1878

Victoria and Albert Museum Catalogue, London, UK

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Connecticut
Coast of Brittany

Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Whistler House Museum Of Art, Lowell, Massachusetts

Wichita Art Museum, Kansas

Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts
Sketch for Rose and Silver: La Princesse du Pays de la Porcelaine, 1863-64

National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Art Fund for UK Museums
7 works online when last checked

La Fayette Database of American Art in French National Collections
4 works online

La Fayette Database of American Art in French National Collections
Port (Amsterdam or London)

Smithsonian American Art Museum National Art Inventories
List of works nationwide from two sources: the Inventory of American Paintings Executed before 1914 and the Inventory of American Sculpture (only a few percent of listings have an accompanying image)

Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Art Signature Dictionary   NEW!

Christie's Past Sale Archive
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteGoogle Art Project
Many works online

Notable SiteJames McNeill Whistler at The Art Renewal Center

Notable SiteJames McNeill Whistler at The Artchive  

Notable SiteThe Athenaeum  
Numerous works online by Whistler

Notable SiteWebMuseum  

Notable SiteWikimedia Commons Image Database  

Notable SiteWorld Visit Guide (formerly Insecula)


Bert Christensen's Cyberspace Home  

Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur (in German)  
(a welcome screen is displayed for a couple of seconds before the search results appear)

California State University WorldImages Database  


Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

Humanities Web  

Memory of the Netherlands Project
Great scans; use your mouse wheel to zoom in on the detail images

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Olga's Gallery

RKD Netherlands Imagebase   NEW!
Eclectic database of images that range from old black-and-white photos to superb, zoomable reproductions

The History Project at U.C. Davis  

USC Annenberg School for Communication

Additional Image Search Tools:
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      Flickr: "James McNeill Whistler"      
Google Images: "James McNeill Whistler"      
Bing Images: "James McNeill Whistler"   
Miscellaneous Sites:
Peter Nahum At The Leicester Galleries, London, UK
Archive of past displayed works which are "sold" or "not for sale"

Still Life Paintings: 19th Century Painting Techniques

The Androom Archives
Maud Standing

The Modernist Journals Project
(Click "Retrieve Images" to see artworks)

University of Virginia Digital Collections
Falling Rocket: Nocturne in Black and Gold, 1874

Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on James McNeill Whistler  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteRKD Netherlands Institute for Art History  

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia

Project Gutenberg
Full text of Whistler's The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

Resource Library Magazine
The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler

Resource Library Magazine
Whistler: Impressions of an American Abroad

Resource Library Magazine
Whistler in Venice: Twenty Etchings from the Collection of C. Boyden Gray

Resource Library Magazine
James McNeill Whistler Etchings & Lithographs at The Cummer

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
Essay on Arrangement in Grey and Black, No 1 (The Artist's Mother), 1871

The New Yorker
"Whistler at the Frick", brief 2009 review by Peter Schjeldahl

The New Yorker
"Whistler, Women, and Fashion" at the Frick, 2003 review by Peter Schjeldahl

Wikiquote, compendium of quotations from the Wikimedia Foundation

Antiques Roadshow (PBS) Appraisals
"Whistler & Rembrandt Etchings"

Antiques Roadshow (PBS) Appraisals
"James Abbott McNeill Whistler Etchings & Drypoints"

"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
Look Inside Books:Selections from the books listed below are scanned in, in high res. Text is clearly readable and art reproductions vary from so-so to excellent. Don't miss the fact that you can usually zoom in via the "View" drop-down menu, along the top row of Amazon's Online Reader.            
Search Inside Books:Same as "Look Inside", except that the entire book is scanned in, and the text is fully searchable. This is an unbelievable resource, for research and especially for previewing a book when making the decision to buy.
Note: Some "Search Inside" features are limited to people signed in to an account which has previously made a purchase at Amazon.
search inside

Whistler: A Biography

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James McNeill Whistler: Beyond the Myth

search inside

Whistler Landscapes and Seascapes

look inside

Whistler's Venice

look inside

Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice

look inside

Whistler: Colour Library

look inside

Whistler on Art

look inside

Whistler and His Circle in Venice


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