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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.

Persona, Publicity and the Public Eye Whistler and the Commercial Art World

The author of this Blog is Hester Mauduit, a third year Honours student in the School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow. Whistler was a polarizing figure: his notoriously flamboyant personality secured him both friends and enemies, admirers … Continue reading

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The Butterfly Behind the Man: Whistler’s Monogram.

The author of this blog is Polina Atabekian, a third year honours student in the School of Culture & Creative Arts, University of Glasgow. The lepidopterous monogram of James McNeill Whistler first made its appearance in Variations in Flesh Colour … Continue reading

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Whistler in Calais ‘in the midst of wind and rain’

In 1850, young James Whistler drew a map of England and gave it to his Aunt Kate in Stonington, Connecticut. It ranges from the Scottish border north of Newcastle to the Channel Islands. It ignores Scotland and the continent of … Continue reading

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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