Exception or extension? : reorienting the Peacock Room among James McNeill Whistler's interior designs

Date of Award


Document Type

Masterʼs Research Paper

Degree Name



Art & Art History

First Advisor

M. E. Warlick


Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903 -- Criticism and interpretation, Peacock Room, Interior decoration, Prints, American -- 19th century -- Exhibitions


"Although famous for his paintings and etchings today, James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was also an important interior designer in the nineteenth-century British Aesthetic movement. Whistler‘s most famous and only extant interior design is Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (1876-77). It is also his most puzzling interior. Long considered an exception to the rule of Whistler‘s other interiors, the Peacock Room has often been overlooked in the few studies of the artist‘s interior designs"


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