Welcome to the Digital Humanities Network
Digital Humanities is transforming the practice of arts-based or arts-linked research, and the University of Glasgow has one of the strongest and longest-established communities of scholars in this area. Our Digital Humanities network, supported by ArtsLab, offers a forum for sharing expertise and building connections both within and beyond the University's College of Arts. Lorna Hughes & Marc Alexander
This project explores the creative processes of the American-born artist, James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), as an etcher and printer. A major figure in 19th century printmaking, he created 490 etchings. The evolution of each etching from the copper plate through different states to the final print is investigated, and illustrated. Some etchings were completed at one sitting, others went through twenty states before the artist was satisfied. Over 9500 impressions of these prints have been located and investigated during our research.
The Whistler Etchings Project is based in the University of Glasgow. The project was originally based on three major collections: the artist's estate in the University of Glasgow, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. It has been extended to cover prints and the print market, and etchings in public and important private collections. It completes the series of catalogues raisonnés of Whistler's oeuvre published under the auspices of the University of Glasgow and the Art Institute of Chicago. It will be maintained and extended by the Whistler Etching Project (WEP) and the University of Glasgow. Viewers are now invited to explore the on-line catalogue.