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James McNeill Whistler

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (July 10, 1834 – July 17, 1903) was an American artist, active during the American Gilded Age and based primarily in the United Kingdom.Created by: PICRYLDated: 2017
James McNeill Whistler - Reading by Lamplight
He was averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, and was a leading proponent of the credo "art for art's sake". His famous signature for his paintings was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail. The symbol was apt, for it combined both aspects of his personality—his art was characterized by a subtle delicacy, while his public persona was combative. Finding a parallel between painting and music, Whistler entitled many of his paintings "arrangements", "harmonies", and "nocturnes", emphasizing the primacy of tonal harmony. His most famous painting is "Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1" (1871), commonly known as Whistler's Mother, the revered and oft-parodied portrait of motherhood. Whistler influenced the art world and the broader culture of his time with his artistic theories and his friendships with leading artists and writers.
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Swan and Iris (Sketch after Cecil Lawson's "Swan and Iris")
Swan and Iris (Sketch after Cecil Lawson's "Swan and Iris")
Swan and Iris (Sketch after Cecil Lawson's "Swan and Iris")
Suggestion by Whistler for his Portrait

Suggestion by Whistler for his Portrait

Anonymous, British, 19th century

James McNeill Whistler - Scene on the Mersey
James McNeill Whistler - The Tiny Pool

James McNeill Whistler - The Tiny Pool

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Drury Lane

James McNeill Whistler - Drury Lane

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Woman with a Fan; Sketch of a Head

Woman with a Fan; Sketch of a Head

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Sketch in St. James's Park

Sketch in St. James's Park

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - A Fragment of Piccadilly (Piccadilly)

James McNeill Whistler - A Fragment of Piccadilly (Piccadilly)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Alderney Street

James McNeill Whistler - Alderney Street

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Butterfly Monogram

James McNeill Whistler - Butterfly Monogram

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Head of a Boy

James McNeill Whistler - Head of a Boy

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Booth at a Fair

James McNeill Whistler - Booth at a Fair

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

The Barber's (The Barber's Shop, Chelsea)

The Barber's (The Barber's Shop, Chelsea)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Fruit Shop (Little Greengrocer's Shop, Chelsea)

Fruit Shop (Little Greengrocer's Shop, Chelsea)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Lobster Pots (Lobster Pots – Selsea Bill)

James McNeill Whistler - Lobster Pots (Lobster Pots – Selsea Bill)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Temple (The Temple)

James McNeill Whistler - Temple (The Temple)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Steamboat Fleet

James McNeill Whistler - Steamboat Fleet

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Nude Woman Standing

James McNeill Whistler - Nude Woman Standing

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Portrait of a Young Woman (Miss Seaton) (Dorothy Seaton)

Portrait of a Young Woman (Miss Seaton) (Dorothy Seaton)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Alderney Street

James McNeill Whistler - Alderney Street

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Price's Candle-Works (Price's Candle Factory)

Price's Candle-Works (Price's Candle Factory)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Lagoon: Noon

James McNeill Whistler - Lagoon: Noon

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Cutler Street, Houndsditch

James McNeill Whistler - Cutler Street, Houndsditch

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler, Age 14

James McNeill Whistler, Age 14

After Sir William Boxall (British, Oxford 1800–1879 London)

James McNeill Whistler - James McNeill Whistler - Gladiator (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - James McNeill Whistler - Gladiator (from Sket...

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Map of the Western Hemisphere (from Sketchbook)

Map of the Western Hemisphere (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

United States Military Academy: Song of the Graduates

United States Military Academy: Song of the Graduates

After James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Dress Parade (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Dress Parade (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Ross Winans Playing Violin (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Ross Winans Playing Violin (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Monk (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Monk (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Two Female Heads and Standing Figure (from Sketches on the Coast Survey Plate)
View of a Coast Line (from Sketches on the Coast Survey Plate)
James McNeill Whistler - Bust of Man (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Bust of Man (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Man Smoking (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Man Smoking (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Female Figure; Wheels; Autograph (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Female Figure; Wheels; Autograph (from Sketch...

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Jem Bags (Recto); Drawing of Female Figure (Verso) (from Sketchbook)

Jem Bags (Recto); Drawing of Female Figure (Verso) (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

40 and 50 (Man and Woman Seated) (from Sketchbook)
James McNeill Whistler - Sketches of Wheels, Drums (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Sketches of Wheels, Drums (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Architectual (?) Sketches (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Architectual (?) Sketches (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Leg (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Leg (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

U.S. Coast Survey...Sketch of Anapaca Island in Santa Barbara Channel

U.S. Coast Survey...Sketch of Anapaca Island in Santa Barbara Channel

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Two Female Heads and Standing Figure (from Sketches on the Coast Survey Plate)
James McNeill Whistler - Two Men Drinking (Recto) (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Two Men Drinking (Recto) (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

After Dinner (Possibly Ross Winans) (from Sketchbook)

After Dinner (Possibly Ross Winans) (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

U.S. Coast Survey...Reconnaissance of Smith's or Blunt's Island, Washington / U.S. Coast Survey...Sketch of Anacapa Island in Santa Barbara Channel

U.S. Coast Survey...Reconnaissance of Smith's or Blunt's Island, Washi...

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Christ and Two Figures (from Sketchbook)
Sketch of Gladiator's Head (from Sketchbook)

Sketch of Gladiator's Head (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Man Standing (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Man Standing (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Bearded Man in Soldier's Cap (from Sketches on the Coast Survey Plate)
Partial Text from Letter (?); Autograph (from Sketchbook)

Partial Text from Letter (?); Autograph (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Man Standing, Cigarette in Mouth (from Sketchbook)

Man Standing, Cigarette in Mouth (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Sir Piercie Shafton Sings (from Sir Walter Scott's "The Monastery") (Recto); Sketch of Female Figure (Verso) (from Sketchbook)

Sir Piercie Shafton Sings (from Sir Walter Scott's "The Monastery") (R...

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Thomas Winan's Family (from Sketchbook)

Thomas Winan's Family (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Hooded Male Head (from Sketches on the Coast Survey Plate)
Hooded Male Head (from Sketches on The Coast Survey Plate)
James McNeill Whistler - Sketches on the Coast Survey Plate
Three Men (Sketch in Lower Right Hand Corner of Handwritten Journal (from Sketchbook)

Three Men (Sketch in Lower Right Hand Corner of Handwritten Journal (f...

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Well Sir! (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Well Sir! (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Album, 19th century
James McNeill Whistler - Old C'lo (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Old C'lo (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Monk Saying Grace, "Tibi Gracias" (Recto); Three Sketches of Lamp (Verso) (from Sketchbook)

Monk Saying Grace, "Tibi Gracias" (Recto); Three Sketches of Lamp (Ver...

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Bust of a Young Woman with Hat, Wine Glass (from Sketchbook)

Bust of a Young Woman with Hat, Wine Glass (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Girl with Parasol (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Girl with Parasol (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Man with Donkey and Reclining Boy (Recto); Two Areas Blocked in Blue: Head of Man, Female Head and Head (Verso) (from Sketchbook)
James McNeill Whistler - (from Sketchbook), 19th century

James McNeill Whistler - (from Sketchbook), 19th century

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Half-length Figure in a Monk's Cowl (Possibly a Self-portrait) (from Sketchbook)

Half-length Figure in a Monk's Cowl (Possibly a Self-portrait) (from S...

Possibly James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Drawing Fragment (Verso) (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Drawing Fragment (Verso) (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Oriental Figure (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Oriental Figure (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

The Margrave, the Prince[ss] and the Hermit (from Sketchbook)
Mr. Feathersanall, Lodger, Asks for a Little Wood (from Sketchbook)

Mr. Feathersanall, Lodger, Asks for a Little Wood (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Head of Man Smoking (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Head of Man Smoking (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Sir John Chester (from Dickens' Barnaby Rudge) (from Sketchbook)

Sir John Chester (from Dickens' Barnaby Rudge) (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - (from Sketchbook), 19th century

James McNeill Whistler - (from Sketchbook), 19th century

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - (from Sketchbook), 19th century

James McNeill Whistler - (from Sketchbook), 19th century

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Old Woman and Child in Oval (from Sketches on the Coast Survey Plate)
Christ and Two Disciples on the Road to Emmaus (from Sketchbook)
James McNeill Whistler - Head of a Man (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Head of a Man (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Last Page of Handwritten Journal (from Sketchbook)

Last Page of Handwritten Journal (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Girl with Parasol and Cadet (from Sketchbook)
James McNeill Whistler - Man Playing Guitar (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Man Playing Guitar (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Man at Table beneath Mosquito Net (from Sketchbook)

Man at Table beneath Mosquito Net (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Printed Announcement from B. Christ to which is Glued Drawing with Inscription "W.B. Christ bids good morning . . . " (from Sketchbook)

Printed Announcement from B. Christ to which is Glued Drawing with Ins...

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Four sketches (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Four sketches (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Pour Boire (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Pour Boire (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Vives Les Debardeures [sic]!! (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - Vives Les Debardeures [sic]!! (from Sketchboo...

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - May 18th (55) (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler - May 18th (55) (from Sketchbook)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

Jack Shepard [sic], Edgeworth Bess and Pol (from Sketchbook)
Mortimer Menpes - James McNeill Whistler - Six Faces of Whistler

Mortimer Menpes - James McNeill Whistler - Six Faces of Whistler

Mortimer Menpes (Australian, Port Adelaide 1855–1938 Pangbourne, England)

Mortimer Menpes - James McNeill Whistler - Whistler the Proud – Two Faces

Mortimer Menpes - James McNeill Whistler - Whistler the Proud – Two Fa...

Mortimer Menpes (Australian, Port Adelaide 1855–1938 Pangbourne, England)

James McNeill Whistler - Chinese Annie, 19th century

James McNeill Whistler - Chinese Annie, 19th century

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Little Arthur, 19th century

James McNeill Whistler - Little Arthur, 19th century

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Annie, 19th century

James McNeill Whistler - Annie, 19th century

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Chinese Annie, 19th century
James McNeill Whistler - Little Arthur, 19th century

James McNeill Whistler - Little Arthur, 19th century

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Seymour Seated (Seymour Haden, Jr., Seated)

James McNeill Whistler - Seymour Seated (Seymour Haden, Jr., Seated)

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - Title to the French Set
James McNeill Whistler - Annie Seated, 19th century

James McNeill Whistler - Annie Seated, 19th century

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

James McNeill Whistler - La Vieille aux loques

James McNeill Whistler - La Vieille aux loques

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)

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