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

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 15 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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James Abbott McNeill Whistler

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


James Abbott McNeill Whistler

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


James Abbott McNeill Whistler

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


James Abbott McNeill Whistler

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


James Abbott McNeill Whistler

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


James Abbott McNeill Whistler

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


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


James Abbott McNeill Whistler ('Men of the Day. No. 170.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 12 January 1878
NPG D43831


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