Painter/Artist: James Whistler

Born at Lowell, Massachusetts; lived at Chelsea the greatest part of his life.


OLD BATTERSEA BRIDGE A single pier and part of two spans of the old wooden bridge seen from the east side at low tide at night. A rocket rises from Cremorne Gardens on the right and another has just burst in the sky.

Exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery, 1877. Its original title was “Nocturne-Blue and Gold-Old Battersea Bridge.”


PORTRAIT OF CARLYLE Whole length, seated on a wooden chair against a plain wall in profile to the left. The old man wears along black overcoat, the breast of which protrudes, and on his knee are his black cloak and large black wideawake hat. His right hand is on the top of his walking-stick, his left resting on his thigh. On the wall to the left are two pictures, and to the right Whistler’s “butterfly.”

Painted c. 1873.


THE PAINTER’S MOTHER Whole length, seated on a wooden chair in profile to left. An old lady in plain black dress and white widow’s cap. Her hands in her lap. Background of plain wall with a picture on it, and to left a dark doorway.

Exhibited Royal Academy, 1872.

WILHELM (Wilhelm von Herle, called “Meister Wilhelm” or “Wilhelm von Roln “).

The earliest master of the School of Cologne whose name is known. He was working in Cologne c. 1380. To him were formerly assigned portions of the high altar to the Cathedral, ” The Madonna with the Pea Blossoms,” and the Crucifixion, with eight Apostles, in the Cologne Museum, which are now, together with the picture noticed below, given to Herman Wynrich von Wesel, who succeeded to Wilhelm’s studio, and to his widow.


ST. VERONICA’S KERCHIEF On a large white napkin is the imprint of the Saviour’s features crowned with thorns. The napkin is held up by St. Veronica, whose head and hands on a much smaller scale appear over the top. In the left and right foreground are groups of three little angels, those on the left holding a scroll, the others a book.