Detail from The Canal, Amsterdam, 1889, James McNeill Whistler, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

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The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler: A Catalogue Raisonné

The online catalogue will include approximately 550 oil paintings dating from about 1850 to 1903. The evolution of each painting from sketch to final oil will be described and illustrated, starting with basic information: the title, medium, date, size, and collection. This will be followed by information on the source of the title and date, on the subjects, sitters and sites shown in the paintings, and a discussion of technique, medium and support, and on the exhibition, publication and provenance.

All extant works (ca 500) will be reproduced in colour: archival photographs (dating from the 1870s through 1890s) will be mostly in black and white. Picture frames will be illustrated and described where possible. High resolution digital images of the paintings will be reproduced, plus related prints and works on paper by Whistler, and also drawings, cartoons and related visual material by other artists, portraits of sitters and pictures of sites.

Contemporary photographs from Whistler’s estate and other collections, photographs that show alterations to condition, cartoons, studies and drawings by Whistler and others, and images of sites and sitters, will be illustrated.

Full documentation will be provided, including all references to the art in Whistler's letters, with links to the online Correspondence edition. The catalogue will be fully indexed and cross referenced, with searches by free text, name, institution, exhibition, and date. There is a brief introduction, a glossary of terms, chronology, bibliography, and concordance.

Access is entirely free, and the catalogue is available exclusively online. Since the paintings catalogue will not be published in book form, we will be able to update it regularly with new data and images.

The Morning after the Revolution, Valparaiso, 1866, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

The Morning after the Revolution, Valparaiso, 1866, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow