Collection  |  Photo, Print, Drawing Pennell collection of Whistleriana Joseph Pennell collection of Whistleriana / Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell collection of Whistleriana / Whistleriana collection / I. & E.R. Pennell-Whistler Collection

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Title
Pennell collection of Whistleriana
Other Title
Joseph Pennell collection of Whistleriana
Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell collection of Whistleriana
Whistleriana collection
I. & E.R. Pennell-Whistler Collection
Summary
Joseph and Elizabeth Pennell were introduced to James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) after their move to London in 1884. As their friendship grew, the Pennells began collecting literary and biographical information on Whistler and were asked by the artist to write his biography. Whistler himself contributed notes and suggestions. The Life of James McNeill Whistler (Philadelphia: J. B. Lipincott Co.; London: W. Heinemann, 1908) was issued following an unsuccessful suit by the executrix of Whistler's estate, Rosalind Birnie Philip, to prevent its publication. The Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection of Whistleriana was presented to the Library in 1917. The Pennells' bequest brought additional items to the collection and provided for its continued growth through an acquisition fund. All nonmanuscript items from the Pennell gift are kept in the Prints and Photographs Division. The collection includes catalogs documenting exhibitions at which Whistler showed his work, reproductions of Whis tler's paintings, biographical photographs, books, and pamphlets. The Pennells donated most of the 300 Whistler lithographs, etchings, and drypoints recorded in the fine prints card catalog and listed in American Prints in the Library of Congress: A Catalog of the Collection, (Baltimore: Published for the Library of Congress by the Johns Hopkins Press, 1970) compiled by Karen F. Beall and others. Also in the collection are twenty original pen and pencil sketches.
Contributor Names
Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926, donor
Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, 1855-1936, donor
Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903, artist
Created / Published
1850-1930, bulk 1880-1920.
Subject Headings
-  Whistler, James McNeill,--1834-1903
Format Headings
Drawings--1860-1920.
Photographs--1880-1920.
Prints--1880-1920.
Genre
Drawings--1860-1920
Prints--1880-1920
Photographs--1880-1920
Notes
-  Arrangement: Organized in 4 series. Each series has its own access tool. (1) The original drawings have individual catalog records under the call number DRWG/MA. (2) The prints have individual catalog records under the call number FP - XIX - W576. (3) The photographic portraits of Whistler, his family, and associates and reproductions of Whistler's work are in LOTs 12422, 12423, 12424, 12425, and 12426. (4)The ephemera, printing plates, and related production materials are available by appointment and described in a detailed finding aid under the call number PR 13 CN 1917:R01.
-  Title from Special collections in the Library of Congress / compiled by Annette Melville. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1980.
-  Special collections in the Library of Congress / compiled by Annette Melville. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1980, no. 184.
-  Cite as the Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell collection of Whistleriana, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.
-  Digitized images of some items display with associated descriptions in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.
-  Gift; Joseph Pennell; 1917; (DLC/PP - 1917:R01).
-  Later additions: Purchase and gift; Pennell Fund and other sources.
-  Related materials at the Library include the Pennell personal library of books in the Prints and Photographs Division; the Pennell papers and Whistleriana letters in the Manuscript Division; and Mrs. Pennell's collection of cookbooks in the Rare Book Division.
-  Published in: The Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection of Whistleriana Shown in the Division of Prints, Library of Congress, Southwest Pavilion. Washington, DC: Govt. Print. Off., Library Branch, 1921.
Medium
ca. 1,000 items : b&w and color ; 7 cm or smaller.
Call Number/Physical Location
Guide Record [P&P]
Source Collection
Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926. Pennell-Whistler collection
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Library of Congress Control Number
2009630684
Rights Advisory
Rights status of individual images not evaluated. For general information see: "Copyright and Other Restrictions ...," http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/195_copr.html
Description
ca. 1,000 items : b&w and color ; 7 cm or smaller. | Joseph and Elizabeth Pennell were introduced to James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) after their move to London in 1884. As their friendship grew, the Pennells began collecting literary and biographical information on Whistler and were asked by the artist to write his biography. Whistler himself contributed notes and suggestions. The Life of James McNeill Whistler (Philadelphia: J. B. Lipincott Co.; London: W. Heinemann, 1908) was issued following an unsuccessful suit by the executrix of Whistler's estate, Rosalind Birnie Philip, to prevent its publication. The Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection of Whistleriana was presented to the Library in 1917. The Pennells' bequest brought additional items to the collection and provided for its continued growth through an acquisition fund. All nonmanuscript items from the Pennell gift are kept in the Prints and Photographs Division. The collection includes catalogs documenting exhibitions at which Whistler showed his work, reproductions of Whis tler's paintings, biographical photographs, books, and pamphlets. The Pennells donated most of the 300 Whistler lithographs, etchings, and drypoints recorded in the fine prints card catalog and listed in American Prints in the Library of Congress: A Catalog of the Collection, (Baltimore: Published for the Library of Congress by the Johns Hopkins Press, 1970) compiled by Karen F. Beall and others. Also in the collection are twenty original pen and pencil sketches.
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Chicago citation style:

Pennell, Joseph, Donor, Elizabeth Robins Pennell, and James Mcneill Whistler. Pennell collection of Whistleriana. , 1850. to 1930, Bulk 1880 to 1920. Photograph. https://lccn.loc.gov/2009630684.

APA citation style:

Pennell, J., Pennell, E. R. & Whistler, J. M. (1850) Pennell collection of Whistleriana. , 1850. to 1930, Bulk 1880 to 1920. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://lccn.loc.gov/2009630684.

MLA citation style:

Pennell, Joseph, Donor, Elizabeth Robins Pennell, and James Mcneill Whistler. Pennell collection of Whistleriana. to 1930, Bulk 1880 to 1920. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <lccn.loc.gov/2009630684>.