James McNeill Whistler, ‘Free Trade Wharf’, 1877, Christie's
James McNeill Whistler, ‘Free Trade Wharf’, 1877, Christie's
James McNeill Whistler, ‘Free Trade Wharf’, 1877, Christie's

Without watermark, a very good impression of Glasgow's fourth state (of eight), published by the Fine Art Society, 1879, with wide margins, probably the full sheet, with some mount and time staining, otherwise in very good condition; with The Lime-Burner, etching, 1859, on thin laid paper, without watermark, a very good impression of Glasgow's first state (of two), published before the Thames Set, 1871, with wide margins, very pale time staining, otherwise in very good condition; with Old Hungerford Bridge, etching, 1861, on laid paper, with a partial watermark Hands Clasped in a Shield, a good impression of Glasgow's fourth, final state, published in the Thames Set, 1871, the full sheet, with mount staining, otherwise in very good condition, each framed (3).
Plate 247 x 176 mm., Sheet 306 x 225 mm. (G. 55)
(3)

Glasgow 171, 55 & 76; Kennedy 163, 46 & 76

About James McNeill Whistler

James Abbott McNeill Whistler changed the course of art history with his radical techniques and adoption of Asian design principles, which emphasized a two-dimensional flattening of painted forms and their arrangement into abstract patterns. A London-based expatriate, Whistler embraced and promoted the doctrine that art should not serve narrative, but rather project the artist’s subjective feelings through the handling of the medium. His revolutionary methods changed existing approaches to oil paint, pastel, watercolor, etching—even interior design and the decorative arts. The flat, expressive, and radically simplified forms in his Venice pastels, and his use of fluid blue and gray pigments in his abstract nocturnes, altered how his contemporaries like Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas saw and understood art. He scandalously named one of his most famous paintings Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1 (1871), suggesting the reduction of a portrait of his mother to an arrangement of formal elements.

American, 1834-1903, Lowell, MA, United States, based in London, United Kingdom

Exhibition Highlights

2015
Waterville,
Whistler and the World: The Lunder Collection of James McNeill Whistler
2014
Washington,
An American in London: Whistler and the Thames