Artists in the Collection

James McNeill Whistler

Born 1834, Lowell, United States
Died 1903, London, England

James McNeill Whistler was one of the most innovative and controversial artists of his generation. Born and brought up in the USA, he spent most of his professional life in London. Although Whistler is best known for his paintings which extended the boundaries of representation, he was also an innovative lithographer.

Lithography was developed at the end of the eighteenth century, but had fallen out of fashion by the 1870s when Whistler began to experiment with it. Collaborating with the London printer, Thomas Way, he produced lithographs in the hope that this easily reproducible medium would bring his art to a wider public.