Invitation to Mr. Whistler's "Ten O'clock"

A work made of engraving in black with additions in pen and black ink and watercolor on tan card, with metal grommet.
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  • A work made of engraving in black with additions in pen and black ink and watercolor on tan card, with metal grommet.

Date:

1885

Artist:

James McNeill Whistler
American, 1834-1903

About this artwork

On February 20, 1885, Whistler delivered the “Ten O’Clock,” an hour-long public lecture on art, to an audience composed of fashionable Londoners including artists, dealers, and members of the press. He chose the unconventional time—two hours later than most evening events—to ensure a crowd, and he enlisted the services of the theatrical producer Richard D’Oyly Carte and Carte’s manager, Helen Lenoir, to secure the venue in Piccadilly, promote the event, and sell tickets. The lecture was well received by the audience and was mostly well reviewed in the press the next day.
This professionally engraved invitation—with touches of hand coloring on the butterfly emblem—is actually more of an announcement, given that “invitees” paid to attend the lecture. Three copies of the pamphlet containing the text of the talk are exhibited in the case below.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

James McNeill Whistler

Title

Invitation to Mr. Whistler's "Ten O'clock"

Origin

United States

Date

1885

Medium

Engraving in black with additions in pen and black ink and watercolor on tan card, with metal grommet

Inscriptions

Signed with butterfly in pen and black ink, and red wash, l.l. Inscribed "Mr. Whistler's / 'Ten o'clock.' Prince's Hall, Piccadilly / On the evening of Feb. 20. / Carriages at 11. / Tickets can be obtained at all The Libraries." in plate.

Dimensions

204 x 306 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Walter S. Brewster

Reference Number

1933.672

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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