Whistler and the British Etching Revival

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Egham Lock, 1859, Etching and drypoint, by Francis Seymour Haden. Courtesy of Philbrook.
Egham Lock, 1859, Etching and drypoint by Francis Seymour Haden. Courtesy of Philbrook.

Opens Sunday, Jan. 11

Prints by American artist James Whistler and his contemporaries in original etchings are the focus of a new exhibit opening Sunday, Jan. 11, at Philbrook Museum of Art. Whistler and the British Etching Revival looks at the art form, which experienced a resurgence of interest in the late 1800s because of work by Whistler, Francis Seymour Haden and others. Largely relegated to a subordinate process for the purpose of reproducing painted images, etching had lost favor with some artists and their patrons by the time Whistler came along. Interest in past etchings, however, brought Whistler and his contemporaries to a new understanding of the discipline, which translated into expressive compositions that gained artists an international reputation. The exhibit continues at 2727 S. Rockford Road, Tulsa, through April 5. Philbrook curator Sarah Lees is scheduled to hold a gallery talk on the exhibit on Jan. 14 at noon. For more, visit www.philbrook.org.

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