Walter S. Brewster Collection of Whistleriana

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

4 linear feet (3 boxes), 9 portfolios and flatfile materials comprising an extensive collection of correspondence, printed papers, photographs, and other materials by and about James McNeill Whistler, compiled during the early twentieth century by collector Walter Stanton Brewster, one of a number of American collectors fascinated with Whistler's art, philosophy, and personality. The collection consists largely of printed materials, thus its value lies in their being gathered together.

Biographical Historical Note

Walter S. Brewster, a partner in Russell, Brewster, and Company, Chicago's oldest stock and bond brokerage house, was an avid collector of prints and drawings by James McNeill Whistler.

American-born James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was a painter and printmaker who lived and worked in both Paris and London.