Whistler and Nature

Compton Verney

20 October – 16 December 2018

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The late-Victorian master James McNeill Whistler’s revolutionary take on nature is explored in this new touring exhibition.

James McNeill Whistler, Battersea Reach from Lindsey Houses, c1863

In partnership with the Hunterian at the University of Glasgow, Compton Verney presents around 90 of Whistler’s oil paintings, works on paper and objects – such as his sketchbook – showing how his singular attitude to the natural world was underpinned by his enduring kinship with the makers of railroads, bridges and ships, the cornerstones of Victorian wealth and trade.

His images explore the contrasts between the natural and man-made worlds: rivers and wharves, gardens and courtyards, the ideal and the naturalistic, which are explored through works such as The Bathing Posts, Brittany (c1893), Nocturne: Chelsea (c1881), Nocturne: Chelsea Embankment (1883/4) and Copy of Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (1893), all from The Hunterian.

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Opening times

19 Mar – 11 Dec
Tue – Sun, Bank Holiday Mon, 11am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm and park closes at 6pm)

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