Made by James Abbott McNeil Whistler / Nocturne: The Thames at Battersea / 1878Made by James Abbott McNeil Whistler
Nocturne: The Thames at Battersea

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Creator Name: Whistler, James Abbott McNeill
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: American, 1834-1903
Creator Name-CRT: Made by James Abbott McNeil Whistler
Title: Nocturne: The Thames at Battersea
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1878
Creation End Date: 1878
Creation Date: 1878
Object Type: Prints
Materials and Techniques: lithograph
Dimensions: 6 3/4 x 10 1/8 in. (17.1 x 25.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 17.3.159
Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917

In this early lithograph, Whistler drew his design directly on the stone (rather than onto transfer paper), applying washes of ink to achieve striking atmospheric effects. Whistler printed this river subject in 1878, the year in which his libel case against the art critic John Ruskin (1819-1900)-involving Ruskin's attack on one of Whistler's painted 'Nocturnes'-was heard. Tlthough Whistler won the case, the court costs forced him to declare bankruptcy in the following year.

AMICA ID: MMA_.17.3.159
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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