Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Artist's Mother, after Whistler

A work made of lithograph in black on ivory japanese paper, laid down on off-white wove paper (chine collé).
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of lithograph in black on ivory japanese paper, laid down on off-white wove paper (chine collé).

Date:

1892

Artist:

Thomas Robert Way (English, 1861-1913)
after James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903)

About this artwork

Together with his father (also named Thomas Way), T. R. Way oversaw the printing of most of Whistler’s lithographs, which often involved the direct participation of Whistler himself. The Ways were champions of lithography and sought to have it recognized as an art form, not just as an affordable means of reproducing images. Unlike etching and mezzotint, both of which are intaglio processes requiring the incision of a metal plate, lithographic printing relies more on chemistry and the basic principle that oil and water repel each other. As this example demonstrates, a lithograph can be characterized by a powdery or chalky surface texture. Whistler, together with Way, frequently used this quality to achieve expressive effects.

Currently Off View

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Thomas Robert Way

Title

Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Artist's Mother, after Whistler

Origin

England

Date

1892

Medium

Lithograph in black on ivory Japanese paper, laid down on off-white wove paper (chine collé)

Dimensions

151 × 168 mm (image); 189 × 209 mm (primary support); 283 × 382 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1938.1845

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 .

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share