Whistler and Pennell: Etching the city
4 May- 7 October 2018
Whistler and Pennell: Etching the City captures the changing landscape of New York and London in the final years of the industrial revolution. Featuring 38 prints from two of the most influential and innovative etchers – James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) and Joseph Pennell (1857-1926), the exhibition highlights an important period in the history of etching known as the ‘Etching Revival’. It explores how both artists championed a declining art medium, and their motivation to create a definitive technique and style.
The artists shared an interest in the role of architecture, engineering, industry and production, but differed in their approach. Whistler’s imagery captured the individual characteristics of the city and its workers, while Pennell’s provides an impersonal and more distant perspective.
The exhibition also explores the lives of both American artists and their motivations for immigrating to Britain in the second half of the 19th century.
- Opening times Monday to Sunday 10 am to 5.00 pm; closed 24, 26, 26, 31 December and 1 January
- This is a free exhibition
- Location Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral CH62 5EQ
- Getting there: By Car: if you are travelling from Liverpool, use the Birkenhead (Queensway) tunnel. From elsewhere, leave the M53 at junction 4 and follow the signs for Port Sunlight village; By Bus: 464 bus to Bebington Road (from Sir Thomas St in Liverpool)
- 38 bus to Bebington rail station (runs between Clatterbridge Hospital and West Kirby station)
- For more information please call 0151 478 4136