Firelight: Joseph Pennell, No. 2

CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

1896

Artist:

James McNeill Whistler
American, 1834-1903

About this artwork

Whistler made four lithographic portraits of the American etcher and lithographer Joseph Pennell in January 1896— all drawn on transfer paper in the London flat Pennell shared with his wife, Elizabeth. This image and a similar seated subject show the deep shadows cast by firelight; the other portrait was chosen to be the frontispiece of the Pennells’ book Lithography and Lithographers, first published in 1898.
Pennell and his wife were Whistler’s friends and remained fervent supporters after his death, collaborating on a two-volume biography of the artist and donating their significant collection of Whistler prints and documents to the Library of Congress in 1917.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

James McNeill Whistler

Title

Firelight: Joseph Pennell, No. 2

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1896

Medium

Transfer lithograph in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

167 x 129 mm (image); 283 x 228 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of the Crown Family in honor of James N. Wood

Reference Number

2004.642

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