Jul 14, 2005

The Storm

The Storm


James McNeill Whistler

(American, 1834–1903)


Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph King 1924.47

Catalogue raisonné: Kennedy 81

State: only state



During the summer of 1861, the artist Matthew White Ridley introduced Whistler to Edwin Edwards, a lawyer who had left his profession to devote himself to his avocations of art and music. Edwards used a covered boat for etching expeditions on the river---no doubt inspired by "le botin," the covered boat from which the Barbizon artist Charles Daubigny sketched the Seine (see The Boat in Conflans, elsewhere in the exhibition). In June 1861, despite persistent rain, Edwards invited Ridley and Whistler to take the boat on a camping trip to Maple Durham. On this voyage, Whistler made several
drypoints, including The Storm, in which Ridley battles against driving wind and rain with the river foaming in the background.

See also
PR - Drypoint
Type of artwork: 

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