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James McNeill Whistler
American (1834 - 1903) Primary


State: One state

4 in. x 6 in. (10.16 cm x 15.24 cm)
Bequest of M. Carey Thomas, President of Bryn Mawr College, 1894-1922

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: Deanery.219
Other Number(s): K.214 (Previous No.)
W.980 (Wyndham No.)
Geography: North and Central America, United States
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Prints; Etchings
Culture/Nationality: American
Collection: Deanery Collection
James Whistler (1834-1903) was born in Lowell, Massachusetts; in his youth he studied art in St. Petersburg, London, and Paris, settling in France after a short career as a draftsman for the U.S. Coast Survey. Although he is known primarily for his paintings, Whistler also produced numerous etchings, lithographs, and drypoints.

In 1879, Whistler was commissioned to do a series of etchings in Venice, and following his relocation to London at the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War (1870), he also produced etchings and lithographs depicting English landscapes and architecture.

"The Temple" originally dates from late 1880 or early 1881, and although it depicts the site of two of the Inns of Court in London, it was first published in 1886 with a series of twenty-six etchings known as the “Second Venice Set.” The etching depicts a winter scene: a horse-drawn cart passes through a large, empty town square bordered by several tall buildings and a stable. Whistler’s characteristic signature – a monogram of his initials within an abstract butterfly – appears at the lower left. This print likely hung on the second floor of the Deanery, while other etchings by Whistler were located in M. Carey Thomas’ study, the Blue Room.

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