James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Never heard of him?

Me nether!

images (6)However the Dulwich Picture Gallery is to host “An American in London: Whistler and the Thames,” this is the first major exhibition to be devoted to works created by American-born artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler, He time spent in London between 1859 and 1903.

The show is to apparently include paintings, etchings and drawings, as well as approximately 70 objects, offering an insight into both the artist’s practice during the period, and Victorian London which should be fascinating.

Co-curator Professor Margaret F. Macdonald explains: “Whistler settled in London in 1859 and his etchings and paintings mark one of his most successful and profound assaults on the art establishment of his day… His sympathetic, straightforward depictions of workers and the dockyard environment of Dickensian London such as The Lime-burner and the rare Ratcliffe Highway are fresh and insightful.” images (7)

Works on display are on loan from institutions including the Musée d’Orsay, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the V&A, the Tate and the British Museum.

If anyone gets a chance to check it out some pics would be good.

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