Archives of American Art

A Finding Aid to the Rudolf Wunderlich Collection of James McNeill Whistler Exhibition Catalogs, 1903-1935, in the Archives of American Art

Collection ID:
Wunderlich, Rudolf
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet
The Rudolf Wunderlich collection of James McNeill Whistler exhibition catalogs date from 1903 through 1935. The collection consists of 0.2 linear feet of 19 exhibition catalogs listing artwork by James McNeill Whistler, and one periodical article analyzing Whistler's famous butterfly icon.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
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 the artist 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 wwo of the catalogs appear in Research Libraries' Group's union database, RLIN; the two exceptions are marked [rare] in the container list.

Catalogs are arranged chronologically, then alphabetically by author. The article appears at the end of the collection. Bibliographic citations for the catalogs are based on entries in RLIN.

Biographical Note
Biographical 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.

Christina Lehman
The collection was donated by Rudolf Wunderlich in 1959.
Processing Information
The collection was processed by volunteer Christina Lehman in July 2005.

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Preferred Citation
Rudolf Wunderlich collection of James McNeill Whistler exhibition catalogs, 1903-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903 -- Exhibitions Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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