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

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The Master Smith of Lyme Regis

Catalogues Raisonnés

  • Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer, and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980 (cat. no. 450), plate 293, as 'The Master Smith of Lyme Regis'.

Authored by Whistler

  • None.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, 1901 (cat. no. 99) as 'The Blacksmith'.
  • Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 (cat. no. 36) as 'The Master Smith of Lyme Regis'.
  • Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, Regent Street, London, 1905 (cat. no. 24) as 'The Master Smith of Lyme Regis'.
  • Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 27) as 'The Master Smith of Lyme Regis'.

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • Anon., 'The Whistler Exhibition', Morning Post, London, 16 January 1905, p. 8.
  • Anon., Evening Mail, London, 22 February 1905, p. 6.
  • Anon., London Evening Standard, London, 23 February 1905, p. 2.

Journals 1855-1905

  • Thomson, David Croal, ‘New Pictures by Mr. Whistler’,Art Journal, January 1897, pp. 10-11, at p. 10, repr. p. 12.


  • None.

Books on Whistler

  • Cary, Elizabeth Luther, The Works of James McNeill Whistler: A Study, with a Tentative List of Artist’s Works, New York, 1907, pp. 141-42 (cat. no. 36).
  • Merrill, Linda, After Whistler: The Artist and His Influence on American Painting, Yale University Press, 2003, pp. 25, 93.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2, p. 166-67, 176.
  • Petri, Grischka, Arrangement in Business: The Art Markets and the Career of James McNeill Whistler, Hildesheim, 2011, pp. 523, 564-65, repr.
  • Sickert, Bernhard, Whistler, London and New York, 1908 (no. 108).
  • Sutherland, Daniel E., Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake, New Haven and London, 2014, pp. 288, 295.
  • Sutton, Denys, Nocturne: The Art of James McNeill Whistler, London, 1963, p. 130.
  • Way, Thomas Robert, Memories of James McNeill Whistler, the Artist, London and New York, 1912, pp. 114-15.

Books, General

  • Bickley, Francis Lawrence, Where Dorset meets Devon, London, 1912, p. 46.
  • Hopkins, Robert Thurston, Thomas Hardy's Dorset , New York, D. Appleton & Co., 1922, pp. 218-21, photograph of smithy repr.
  • Walker, John, James McNeill Whistler, New York, 1987, p. 128.

Catalogues 1906-Present

  • Paintings in oil and pastel by James McNeill Whistler, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1910 (cat. no. 37).
  • Oils, Water-colors, Drawings and Prints by James McNeill Whistler, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1934 (cat. no. 24).
  • Whistler Loan Exhibition, Macbeth Gallery, New York, 1947 (cat. no. 10).
  • James McNeill Whistler Seventeenth Anniversary Exhibition, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT, 1949 (cat. no. 5).
  • Sweet, Frederick A., James McNeill Whistler, Art Institute of Chicago and Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, 1968 (cat. no. 46).
  • Taynton, Carol (intro.), Whistler in New England Collections, [checklist], Boston, 1977 (no cat. number).
  • Dorment, Richard, and Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler, Tate Gallery, London, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1994-1995 (cat. no. 191).
  • Merrill, Linda, et al., After Whistler: The Artist and His Influence on American Painting, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 2003, pp. 25, 93 (not exhibited).

Journals 1906-Present

  • Comstock, Helen, 'Whistler Centenary at Lowell, Massachusetts', Connoisseur, vol. 93, May 1934, pp. 334-36 , at p. 334.


  • Boston Museum of Fine Arts website at


  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. no. 197).


  • Parkerson, Sarah Lawrence, Variations in Gold: The Stylistic Development of the Picture Frames used by James McNeill Whistlers, PhD thesis, University of Glasgow, 2007.

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