Biography and History

James McNeill Whistler was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, but left the United States at the age of twenty-one, never to return. He lived as an expatriate, alternating between London and Paris depending on the local artistic climate at the time. Whistler was the painter of that most American of works "Arrangement in Grey and Black" (better known as "Whistler's Mother"). Although a contemporary of the Impressionists, Whistler walked his own path from the Realism of Courbet to an aesthetic approach of "Art for Art's Sake."

Source: From the finding aid for C1274

  • James McNeill Whistler Collection. 1892-1903 (bulk), 1868-1910 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1274

    Consists chiefly of selected autograph letters and notes of the American-born, England-based painter and etcher James McNeill Whistler addressed to his friend Jonathan Sturges, Princeton Class of 1885, the majority of which relates to the affair of the "Baronet and the Butterfly," a public scandal which concerned an oil portrait of Lady Eden.