American Association of Museums First Prize, Wittenborn Award, AIGA 50 books 1999; Winner of the George Wittenborn Memorial Award; Winner of the Carl Hertzog Book Design Award "The accounts of the pictures, the introductions to other materials, and the essays are quite accessible, and the printing and production of this formidable monument pay fitting tribute to the intellectual labor it enshrines, as well as to Whistler." —New York Times
This two-volume study presents the lithographic work of James McNeill Whistler in thorough technical and contextual detail. Volume one, a catalogue raisonné, contains entries for each of Whistler's 179 lithographs and is illustrated with reproductions of near-facsimile quality. The essays situate Whistler's work in lithography within a broader art-historical context. Volume two features transcriptions of more than 170 letters exchanged between Whistler and his London printers, Thomas Way and T. R. Way. Also included are a discussion of Whistler's lithographic techniques and an illustrated chronological account of the artist's marketing strategies. A compilation of watermarks reproduces at actual size those found in lithographs printed in Whistler's lifetime and posthumously. The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler constitutes an important contribution to Whistler studies and to the study of 19th-century printmaking. As Alan G. Artner wrote in the Chicago Tribune, this publication "attains the very summit of art historical research.... It's a staggering achievement."
Table of Contents, Volume I:
Sponsor's Preface A. Steven Crown Foreword James N. Wood and Douglas W. Druick Acknowledgments Notes to the Reader List of Abbreviations Used in Volume I 1852–1855: First Lithographs Katharine A. Lochnan Catalogue Numbers 1–2 Nesta R. Spink, Harriet K. Stratis, Martha Tedeschi 1878–1879: Early Studies and Lithotints Katharine A. Lochnan Catalogue Numbers 3–19 Nesta R. Spink, Harriet K. Stratis, Martha Tedeschi 1887–1894: Return to Lithography Katharine Lochnan Catalogue Numbers 20–94 Nesta R. Spink, Harriet K. Stratis, Martha Tedeschi 1894–1897: Final Accomplishments Katharine A. Lochnan Catalogue Numbers 95–179 Nesta R. Spink, Harriet K. Stratis, Martha Tedeschi Untransferred Lithographic Drawings Harriet K. Stratis, Martha Tedeschi, Britt Salvesen Accession Numbers
Table of Contents, Volume II:
List of Abbreviations Used in Volume II Whistler, Way, and Wellington Street Nicholas Smale Whistler-Way Correspondence Appendices Edited by Nicholas Smale Whistler's Lithographic Techniques: Beauty and Business Nicholas Smale Marketing the Lithographs: Selective Chronology of Exhibitions, Publications, and Sales Compiled by Kevin Sharp Notes on Important Individuals, Publications, and Galleries Kevin Sharp Whistler's Papers: Their Appearance, Selection, and Use Harriet K. Stratis Watermarks in Whistler's Papers: Methods of Identifying Lifetime and Posthumous Watermarks Harriet K. Stratis Compilation of Lifetime and Posthumous Watermarks Harriet K. Stratis with contributions from David W. Kiehl Chronology of Posthumous Paintings Concordance Bibliographies Lifetime Exhibitions and Reviews Selected References Index Photography Credits
The Art Institute of Chicago, in association with the Arie and Ida Crown Memorial, 1998 Vol. I: A Catalogue Raisonné; Vol. II: Correspondence and Technical Studies 8 7/8 x 12 3/4 in.; 2-volume, boxed set; 992 pages; 864 illustrations ISBN 0-86559-150-4
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