Special Collections items currently on exhibition

In the showcase of the foyer of Special Collections on level 12 of the University of Glasgow Library

December 2019 - January 2020

Mallarmé and Whistler – a Literary and Artistic Friendship

The French poet Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898) met the American painter, James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), in 1888 through their mutual friend, the Impressionist painter Claude Monet. An initial project to translate Whistler’s treatise on art, The Ten O’Clock Lecture, led to a close and intimate collaborative friendship between Mallarmé and Whistler.

They met frequently whilst Whistler was in Paris, dining together with their families and working together on images, poems and books. In 1891, Mallarmé took a major role in persuading the French government to buy Whistler’s oil painting of his mother. In the process he secured the Legion d’Honneur for Whistler.

Books and items relating to Mallarmé make up a considerable proportion of the items held by the University of Glasgow Library as part of a bequest made by Whistler’s executor, his daughter-in-law Rosalind Birnie Philip.

Exhibition curated by Dr Matthew Creasy, Lecturer at the School of Critical Studies

Associated with the display is Récréations postales: a digital exhibition of 25 handwritten copies of Mallarmé's poems from University of Glasgow Library

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