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In the Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Drawing Collections. For examples of drawing media and styles by diverse artists, see

Drawings indexed by media

To locate different types of drawing media, regardless of which collection they are in, search for the genre/format term "Drawings" in the Thesaurus for Graphic Materials. Examples of specific media include chalk, charcoal, crayon, graphite, ink, pastel, and watercolor.

Fine Prints Collection

Includes about 1,400 lithographs, etchings, and other prints by Joseph Pennell and almost 300 prints by James McNeill Whistler. For a list of print titles, search for names of artists represented in the Master Drawings Collection. [Go to Fine Prints search page]

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Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection

For an overview summary, see

Pennell Book Collection

Includes about 700 books, exhibition catalogs, pamphlets, and serials collected by Joseph Pennell. Many volumes contain Pennell's annotations and many have original engravings, woodcuts, or lithographs. The subject matter often concerns the graphic arts (illustration, printmaking, and printmakers) and artists or James McNeill Whistler. For a list of titles, search for "personal library materials in the Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection" in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. [view search results]

In Other Divisions, Library of Congress

Manuscript Division

Pennell-Whistler collection, 1597-1937. More than 90,000 items, including correspondence, clippings, and other papers of Joseph Pennell and his wife, Elizabeth Robins Pennell, relating to family and business affairs and to James McNeill Whistler. Also, manuscripts and galley proofs for their publications, research notes for their biography The Life of James McNeill Whistler (1908), and drafts for lectures, sketches, drawings, and legal papers. For additional information, see the catalog record.

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Art Institute of Chicago. Whistler collection External

Fogg Art Museum. Drawing Department External

Freer Gallery of Art. Whistler collection External

Metropolitan Museum of Art. Drawings and Prints*&what=Drawings External

University of Glasgow, Scotland. Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler External

University of Texas at Austin. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. Joseph and Elizabeth R. Pennell Papers, 1823-1951. Online finding aid available at External

Selected Bibliography

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Goldman, Paul. Looking at Prints, Drawings and Watercolours: A Guide to Technical Terms. 2nd ed. London: British Museum Press in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2006. (Call number: N34 .G62 2006)

Pennell, Joseph. The Work of Charles Keene, with an Introduction . . .. New York: R. H. Russell, 1897. (Call number: NC1479.K4 P4 P&P Ref)

Reed, Walt. The Illustrator in America, 1880-1980: A Century of Illustration. New York: Published for the Society of Illustrators by Madison Square Press, 1984. (Call number: NC975 .R4 1984 P&P Ref)

Saywell, Edward. A Drawing Glossary. Fogg Art Museum, 1997.

Joseph Pennell

Blood, Katherine L., and Linda Stiber Morenus. "A Technical Study of Joseph Pennell's Pastels and Charcoals." In Edinburgh Conference Papers 2006: Proceedings from the Fifth International Conference of The Institute of Paper Conservation . . . , 26-29 July 2006, edited by Shulla Jacques, 25-32. London: ICON Institute of Conservation, 2007.

Maar, Ingrid. The Pennell Legacy: Two Centuries of Printmaking. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1983. (exhibit catalog)

Pennell, Elizabeth Robins. The Life and Letters of Joseph Pennell. Boston: Little, Brown, 1929. (Call number: NC139.P4 P5)

Pennell, Joseph. Pen Drawing and Pen Draughtsmen. London: Macmillan, 1889. (Call number: NC905 .P43 (Pennell : fol.))

---. Modern Illustration. London: G. Bell & Sons, 1895. (Call number: NC960 .P46)

---. The Adventures of an Illustrator. Boston: Little, Brown, 1925. (Call number: NC139.P4 A3 (Pennell))

Stiber Morenus, Linda. "Joseph Pennell and the Art of Transfer Lithography." Print Quarterly 21, no. 3 (2004): 248-265. (Call number: NE1.P757)

Wuerth, Louis A. "List of Original Drawings and Paintings in Various Mediums by Joseph Pennell, Forming Part of the J. & E. R. Pennell Collection in the Library of Congress, Compiled in Accordance with the Will of Joseph Pennell." Unpublished typescript, 1931. (Call number: N6537.P384 A4 1931 P&P Ref)

---. Catalogue of the Etchings of Joseph Pennell. Boston: Little, Brown, 1928. (Call number: NE2115.P4 A4 P&P Ref)

---. Catalogue of the Lithographs of Joseph Pennell. Boston: Little, Brown, 1931. (Call number: NE2415 .P41 P&P Ref)

James McNeill Whistler

MacDonald, Margaret F. James McNeill Whistler Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours: A Catalogue Raisonneé. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995. (Call number: NC139.W45 A4 1994)

Pennell, Joseph, and Elizabeth Robins Pennell. The Life of James McNeill Whistler. 6th ed. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1908. (Call number: ND237.W6 P4 1919 (Pennell))

Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. New York: Grolier Club, 1910. (Call number: NE2195.W6 K3)

Stratis, Harriet K., and Martha Tedeschi, eds. The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1998. (Call number: NE2312.W45 A4 1998)

Way, Thomas R. Mr. Whistler's Lithographs: The Catalogue. 2nd ed. New York: H. Wunderlich, 1905. (Call number: NE2415.W5 W2 (Pennell))