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James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), Painter and etcher

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 14 portraits
Artist associated with 4 portraits
Born in America, Whistler originally trained to be a soldier at West Point, before studying painting in Paris and moving to London c.1860, where he remained. An advocate of the aesthetic ideal of 'Art for Art's Sake', and all-round provocative figure of the London art world, his nocturnes (which were famously criticised by John Ruskin for representing the equivalent of 'flinging a pot of paint in the public's face') and decorative subjects made him a progressive and controversial figure.

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4497

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

by Walter Greaves
oil on canvas
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4497

1700a

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

by Sir Leslie Ward
watercolour, chalk, and pen and ink, 1877-1879
NPG 1700a

x12544

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen print on card mount, 1870s
NPG x12544

D1400

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

after William Brassey Hole, after James Abbott McNeill Whistler
reproduction of etching, late 19th century (circa 1872)
NPG D1400

D4997

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

by Percy Thomas, after James Abbott McNeill Whistler
etching, 1874
NPG D4997

D2895

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

after Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson
lithograph after a woodcut, 1897
NPG D2895

D7816

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

after Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson
lithograph after a woodcut, 1897
NPG D7816

D32970

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

published by William Heinemann, after Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson
lithographic reproduction of a hand-coloured woodcut, published 1899 (1897)
NPG D32970