The Storm
The Storm

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The Storm

James A. Whistler (American, 1834-1903)


Whistler etched maps for the U.S. Coast Geodetic Survey before moving to England in 1859. The Storm, with its low horizon and lowering skies, pays homage to Rembrandt's etchings, which were the chief inspiration to Whistler and others who revived etching as an artistic pursuit in the 1850s.

"On one occasion Sir Seymour [Haden] said to me that if he were forced to part with his Rembrandt etchings or with his Whistler's he would find it hard to determine which master's works he must let go. Later on I repeated this saying to Whistler and that modest gentleman calmly remarked: Why Haden should part with his Rembrandt's of course."
-Frederick Keppel, 1911

Object Information

artist
James A. Whistler (American, 1834-1903)
creation date
1861
materials
drypoint
dimensions
6-1/8 x 11-1/4 in (image)
9-3/4 x 14-5/8 in (sheet)
mark descriptions
signed and dated in pencil, L.R.: Whistler 1861
accession number
25.31
credit line
Bequest of Delavan Smith
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors