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An American in London: Whistler and the Thames Hardcover – November 26, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1781300060 ISBN-10: 1781300062

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"Margaret F Macdonald working with Patricia de Montfort has put together an outstanding exhibition, accompanied by a catalogue that will continue to be read long after the show has closed."- Richard Dorment, Telegraph, 21 October 2013

About the Author

Margaret F. MacDonald is Professor Emerita and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow (History of Art) in the School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow. She is Project Director of a recently completed research project to produce an online catalogue raisonné of Whistler's etchings.

Dr Patricia de Montfort is lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow. Her teaching and research interests include the life and work of James McNeill Whistler, nineteenth-century women artists and the nineteenth-century London art market.


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers (November 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781300062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781300060
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.5 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Until recently, I knew very little about James McNeil Whistler (1834-1903) and a younger contemporary painter, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923). Then I attended an exhibition of Sorolla's magnificent works at the Meadows Museum in Dallas and purchased a copy of Sorolla and America, compiled by Blanca Pons Sorolla and Mark A. Roglán. Later, I obtained a copy of An American in London: Whistler and the Thames, compiled by Margaret MacDonald and Patricia de Montfort. Frankly, given the aesthetic and contextual quality of both volumes, the term "compiler" seems wholly inadequate. For me at least, the two men and their art have been brought to life by those entrusted with that challenge. Bravo!

I am grateful to history.com for this biographical information: James Abbott McNeill Whistler was born on July 11, 1834, in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was educated in St. Petersburg, Russia, then attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. Establishing himself as a painter in Paris and London, Whistler developed his distinctive style, utilizing muted colors and simple forms. His masterpiece is largely credited as "Whistler's Mother" ("Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1"). Whistler died in 1903. His work later provided the inspiration for Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890).

Visitors to the Amazon website learn that, in the 1860s and 1870s, Whistler produced a body of work based on Battersea Bridge, London. Pivotal to his career, this beautiful group of paintings permits a detailed examination of his approach to composition, subject and technique.
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