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The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler

Martha Tedeschi, General Editor

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

1998
Hardcover $395.00
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Summary: 

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