James McNeill Whistler and Watercolour: Making and Meaning


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Palette
The Whistler Estate, presented by Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1935

This small folding metal palette was easy to carry and use in situ. All Whistler needed was a brush and water to activate the watercolour paint laid out on the palette. The colour range is limited but shows various blues, yellows and reds, as well as the more opaque Chinese white. Chinese white, a colour brought onto the market by Winsor & Newton, was promoted by the influential writer, John Ruskin, in his Elements of Drawing. Ruskin strongly favoured using both transparent and opaque techniques as 'body colour is in a sketch, infinitely liker nature than transparent colour.' GLAHA 54148

Palette