James McNeill Whistler and Watercolour: Making and Meaning


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James McNeill Whistler
American: 1834–1903
The Thames 1896
Lithotint. Second state. Signed with a butterfly.
The Whistler Estate, presented by Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1935

As in Westminster from the Savoy, Whistler focuses on mood rather than detail, this time in a different medium. Using a lithotint technique, he applies washes to the lithographic stone with a brush and an oil-based ink instead of the usual crayons. This produces a watercolour-like effect, tonal and atmospheric. GLAHA 49161

The Thames 1896