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

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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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

D32683

Thomas Carlyle

published by The Medici Society Ltd, after James Abbott McNeill Whistler
chromolithograph, published 1911
NPG D32683

D37559

Anna McNeill Whistler ('Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist's Mother')

published by The Medici Society Ltd, after James Abbott McNeill Whistler
chromolithograph, published 1912 (1871)
NPG D37559