Collection Items

  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [Butterfly]
    Whistler's butterfly
    2 drawings (front and back of sheet) : pen and ink ; sheet 14.8 x 10.9 cm. | On front: pen and dark brown ink sketch of Whistler's standing butterfly, with wings raised, tail above head ending in a squiggle and arrow, with small letter c. On back: pen and purple ink sketch of Whistler's butterfly in similar pose, marked out in same ink,...
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1890
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [The forge] [Smiths, Ajaccio]. 2 drawings (front and back of sheet) : graphite ; sheet 15.0 x 9.6 cm. | Drawings show (front) view through arched doorway of two men standing at an anvil, small table on left at doorway, and (back) view of two men working at an anvil.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1901
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [A country church] 1 drawing : graphite, pen and ink, white paint ; sheet 11.7 x 17.6 cm.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [A country house]
    Figures outside a house
    1 drawing : graphite, pen and brown ink, white paint ; sheet 11.6 x 17.7 cm. | Drawing shows a two story house with figures. One figure at an upstairs window, two at front door, and four scattered outside, of which one appears to hold a sketchbook.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Willie Whistler and "camarades" on their way to the chapel after putting on their canonicals 1 drawing : pen, dark brown ink, and graphite ; sheet 24.8 x 19.4 cm. | Three cadets in uniform, standing on a wall, calling down to four figures in caps and gowns who are walking towards chapel entrance. Also includes sketch at bottom of sheet: stick figure with goatee and feathered hat; lower half of figure in cadet's trousers lounging with legs crossed...
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1851
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [The flaming forge, Ajaccio] Drawing shows two figures at an anvil, seen through an arched braced doorway, at left two donkeys and a dog.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1901
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [Whistler ephemera, "Songs on Stone" announcement] 1 item (circular) : letterpress ; sheet 20.5 x 33.3 cm. | Text only proof for an announcement of the publication of Whistler's first four lithographs in the series, "Songs on Stone," to be issued by William Heinemann, with Whistler's corrections to the layout and his signature butterfly. Inside the announcement is an order form.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1892
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [Self-portrait of Whistler] 1 drawing : pen and brown ink ; sheet 11.2 x 8.8 cm. | Study for self-portrait, half-length, facing slightly right, with coat drapped over shoulder.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1898
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [Man in a hat]
    Man wearing a hat, half-length seated figure
    1 drawing : graphite ; sheet 19.5 x 15.5 cm. | Drawing shows a man, half-length, apparently seated with his arms resting on the arms of a chair (not shown), wearing a hat and a light scarf.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1854
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [Work]
    Rest, a sketch of four seated men
    1 drawing : graphite ; sheet 6.00 x 9.30 cm. | Pencil sketch of four men from a small notebook of squared sheets.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1901
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Position of a soldier: annihilation of the bowels 1 drawing : pen and ink ; sheet 15.5 x 13.0 cm. | Satirical drawing of a cadet pointing at a man in civilian clothes who is trying to stand at attention. Drawn while Whistler was a cadet at West Point. Probably from the Alexander Webb album.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [The traders] Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available 1 drawing : graphite ; sheet 12.8 x 9.1 cm. | Drawing shows an interior scene: left a bearded man at counter looking at papers, a bottle at his elbow, behind him another figure (probably a woman); right a figure (probably a woman) at another counter.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1900
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Trafalgar Square
    Admiral Nelson--"boarded at last!"
    1 drawing : graphite ; sheet 22.4 x 17.7 cm.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1897
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [Sketches of a peacock shutter and fighting peacocks]
    Peacock in flight, and, Two peacocks
    2 drawings (1 sheet) : crayon ; sheet 22.7 x 17.9 cm. | Top half: sketch of a shutter showing peacock in flight. Bottom half: sketch of two peacocks, one with tail open in display or fighting posture.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1900
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [Sketches of "The Gold Scab"]
    Gold scab sketch
    2 drawings (1 sheet) : pen and brown ink ; sheet 17.9 x 22.6 cm. | Right half: pencil sketch of top half of a figure, pen and ink sketch of a single peacock feather. Left half: pen and ink drawing of a man (Frederick R. Leyland), feathered as a peacock, playing a grand piano.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1900
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [George Washington Whistler's grave]
    Whistler's father's grave, Stonington, Connecticut
    1 drawing : pen and brown ink over pencil ; sheet 22.4 x 18.2 cm. | Drawing shows trees and grave of Whistler's father, Maj. George Washington Whistler, in the old cemetery at Stonington, Conn.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1849
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [Butterfly designs] 7 items (7 drawings, pen and ink, white paint, and graphite, with 4 photomechanical print reproductions). | Original sketches of Whistler's standing butterfly device, matted by the Library with reproductions of the devices. DRWG/MA, no. 267a (front) shows butterfly, apparently flying, with long tail ending in arrowhead point; no. 267a (back) shows butterfly bent forward, short tail with arrowhead point, and three pentimenti of...
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1890
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Merit its own reward, or, The best man leads off the squad 1 drawing : pen, black ink, and ink wash ; sheet 15.7 x 14.5 cm. | Satirical drawing showing a cadet lining up three men in civilian clothes. Drawn when Whistler was a cadet at West Point. Probably from the Alexander Webb album.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The admiration of the furloughmen 1 drawing : pen, black ink, and graphite ; sheet 12.3 x 10.8 cm. | Satirical drawing showing a dandy being admired by a group of cadets. Changes in composition include figures moved or crossed out. Drawn while Whistler was a cadet at West Point. Possibly from the Alexander Webb album.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1851
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [Nude figure standing, holding a veil]
    Nude woman with raised arms | Study of the nude | Study of nude figure looking right
    1 drawing : graphite ; sheet 20.5 x 12.5 cm.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1897
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    N.E. states
    Map of the North-East States of America
    1 drawing : pen, brown and black ink, watercolor ; sheet 12.6 x 15.2 cm. | Map of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the New England states, with state boundaries highlighted with color and sailing ships in the ocean. Said to have been drawn by Whistler when he was fifteen years old.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1844
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [Butterfly] [Chequered butterfly].
    Whistler's butterfly
    2 drawings (front and back of sheet) : pen and ink, white paint, over graphite ; sheet 15.8 x 12.0 cm. | On front: slight pencil sketch of Whistler's standing butterfly, larger pen sketch of Whistler's standing butterfly with shaded wings, long squiggly tail with arrowhead point. On back: pen sketch of Whistler's butterfly with shaded wings and diamond (or chequered) patterned wings, squiggly...
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1899
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [Letter with eleven humorous sketches, from Whistler to Paul, headed "Baltimore, Sunday night -- am (Down -- derry down)"]
    Sketches in a letter
    1 item (letter with 11 drawings) : brown ink ; sheet 32.2 x 40.5 cm. | Autograph letter to a person identified only as Paul; interspersed with humorous sketches of men, including self-portraits.
    • Contributor: Whistler, James McNeill
    • Date: 1854