Papers of Joseph Whistler Revillon, 1886-1955, civil engineer and great-nephew of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

Scope and Content

  • Correspondence
  • Manuscript notes and catalogues of James McNeill Whistler's watercolours and pastels 1947-1948
  • Catalogue of oil painters by James Whistler
  • Notes on E G Kennedy's Catalogue of the Etched Works of Whistler (1910)
  • Notes and catalogues of James Whistler material held in galleries in the USA
  • Notes made in preparation of the Whistler catalogues

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph Whistler Revillon was born in 1886  and was the great-nephew of the painter James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). He spent his early life as a civil engineer in Russia. When he retired to Suffolk, England, in the 1940s  he began work on a catalogue of Whistler's oil painters amassing in addition a considerable body of material relating to the Whistler family. He bequeathed the whole of his collection to the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where after another 25 years of work his catalogued he began was published.

Whistler and Further Family (Glasgow University Library, 1980)


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by sender.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Gift : Joseph Revillon : 1955 : ACCN 2481

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at  searching by the call number MS Revillon

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 25 March 2002

No alterations made to date

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Keeper of Special Collections

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History

Held by Joseph Whistler Revillon


None expected

Related Material

GB 247 MS Whistler: Papers of James McNeill Whistler

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Whistlers and further family : an exhibition of portraits and pictures, manuscripts and mementos relating to the family of James McNeill Whistler [held at] Glasgow University Library, May-September 1980 (Glasgow, 1980)

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