Home > Research > Curatorial Research > Research Collaborations

Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies


The Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies is dedicated to nurturing, producing, and disseminating original scholarship and critical analysis of James McNeill Whistler and his international artistic circles. The consortium members are the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Colby College Museum of Art, and the University of Glasgow. As the guardians of the world's largest and finest collections of works by Whistler, these institutions share a responsibility to increase public understanding of this internationally significant artist and the rich cultural contexts in which he worked.

The consortium was formed to provide a structure that fosters collaboration and coordination across institutions with an interest in Whistler and his times. In the past two decades, Whistler studies have expanded to include conservation science, cross-cultural analysis, and interdisciplinary approaches, as well as important new monographs, a wide range of exhibitions, edited correspondence, and catalogues raisonnés. Our mission is to provide ongoing institutional support for such studies and to make Whistler scholarship available to a wide range of audiences, including art historians, museum visitors, and students at all levels. In addition to administering a fellowship, the consortium has organized an internship for students at partner institutions and will host a triennial symposium to highlight new scholarship.

Detail of 'The Golden Screen' by James McNeill Whistler

Detail, Caprice in Purple and Gold: The Golden Screen. James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903). Oil on wood panel, 1864. Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1904.75a.