Author Archives: mfmmacdonald

About mfmmacdonald

I am an artist and art historian, and my research is focussed on the work and life of James McNeill Whistler. Based in the School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow, I am Director of the Whistler Paintings and Etchings Projects. These blogs are informal, and, I hope, interesting and even quirky discussions of individual works and events related to Whistler.

“NORTH EAST BY EAST”: WHISTLER IN THE CHANNEL ISLANDS

Note in Blue and Opal: Jersey (1881, watercolour, Freer Gallery of Art, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, 04.83). This lovely watercolour, with the tiny details of beaches, houses, reflections was painted with exquisite precision, and tints of delicate colour and signed with … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A NEWSPAPER SHOP IN THE NEWS

Chelsea Shops, in the Freer Gallery of Art (F1902.149a-b), is now identified as a painting shown at Whistler’s one-man show of ‘Notes’ – ‘Harmonies’ – ‘Nocturnes’ in Messrs Dowdeswell’s galleries in 1884. Whistler kept press-cuttings of the show (these are … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The chicken and the egg.

Apologies for the big blog delay, which was caused by the setting up of the Whistler paintings catalogue raisonné website. It is early days yet (we hope to go fully online in 2017), though our website has newly gone online at … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

PAINTING LIKE WHISTLER

A Paris Model, ca 1895-1899, Oil on canvas, 57.8 x 44.5 (oval) Birnie Philip Collection, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.   This unfinished canvas is among the most interesting items in the Hunterian’s huge Whistler collection, because it shows the artist … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

WHISTLER’S PIGEONS AND PEACOCKS

A small dinner party was held by Whistler on 1 November 1877. This is confirmed by Whistler’s purchase of fresh cod from John S. Charles, a Pimlico fishmonger, on that date. The guests included the architect and surveyor Tom Layland and his wife, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

WHISTLER IN LIVERPOOL WITH PEACOCKS

Another Whistler exhibition is now open, at the Blue Coat gallery, during the Liverpool Biennale. Whistler spent a significant amount of time in Liverpool during the period 1870-1875, when his chief patron was the Liverpool ship-owner Frederick R. Leyland. He … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

WHISTLER’S HAT

IN THE YEAR 1860, during the reign of Queen Victoria, the expatriate American, James McNeill Whistler, sat down by the London docks to sketch a crowd on a ferry boat. The result, a small etching called Penny Passengers, Limehouse is one … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment