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Rudolf Wunderlich collection of James McNeill Whistler exhibition catalogs, 1903-1935

Wunderlich, Rudolf, 1920-2004


Collection Information

Size: 19 items 0.2 linear ft.

Summary: The Rudolf Wunderlich Collection of James McNeill Whistler Exhibition Catalogs spans the years 1903 to 1935, and measures 0.2 linear feet. The collection consists of 18 exhibition catalogs and 1 periodical article analyzing Whistler's trademark butterfly icon. In addition to the list of works on display, many catalogs include introductions that provide background on Whistler and his work. Some also include notes on each individual piece of artwork. The catalogs represent exhibitions in London, New York, Paris, Boston, Buffalo, and Glasgow. One is in French. A few have notations and prices written in pencil, perhaps by Wunderlich. All but two of the catalogs appear in Research Libraries' Group's union database, RLIN; the two exceptions are marked [rare] in the container list.

Biographical/Historical Note

Rudolf Wunderlich was the co-owner of Kennedy & Company, an art gallery in New York. His grandfather, Hermann Wunderlich, founded the gallery in 1874. (The name was changed from H. Wunderlich & Company to Kennedy & Company in 1912.) The gallery handled primarily fashionable prints, Old Master prints and a few of the contemporary artists, including James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). Kennedy & Company was Whistler's first dealer in the United States, and the artist frequently spent time at the gallery. These Whistler exhibition catalogs apparently came from Rudolf Wunderlich's personal collection.


Donated 1959 by Rudolf G. Wunderlich.