James McNeill Whistler and Watercolour: Making and Meaning

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Whistler and Watercolour

This section aims to be a hub of information and activity relating to Whistler's work in watercolour. We plan to expand this section over time - please check back for updates

Online Resources

Whistler & Watercolour (exhibition, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow)

Film: Whistler's Watercolour Technique (The Hunterian, University of Glasgow)

Whistler's Neighborhood: Impressions of a Changing London (Freer Gallery of Art, Washington DC). Exhibition archive and interactive map.

Acknowledgements: The research has been supported by a British Academy Small Research Grant. The exhibition has been supported by the Lunder Foundation and the Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies. We are grateful to Professor Margaret MacDonald for her input and support.

Watercolours in Public Collections

The Hunterian, University of Glasgow and the Freer Gallery of Art house the two major collections of Whistler's art, including the largest holdings of his watercolours. Links to other principal holdings of Whister's watercolours are also included here. For further information, please consult Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, London & New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995


  • List of known watercolours and works in other media involving watercolour. Coming soon
  • List of chief watercolour related exhibitions in Whistler's lifetime. Coming soon
  • Bibliography
  • The Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler. Edited by: Margaret F. MacDonald, Patricia de Montfort and Nigel Thorp; including The Correspondence of Anna McNeill Whistler, 1829-1880, edited by Georgia Toutziari.

Related Archives & Projects

James McNeill Whistler - Westminster from the Savoy, 1896
James McNeill Whistler,
Westminster from the Savoy 1896
The Hunterian (GLAHA 46254)

Whistler butterfly signature