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Linda MerrillDirector of Undergraduate StudiesTeaching Professor


  • Ph.D., University of London, 1985

Research Interests

  • Art and literature in late 19th-century England
  • Aestheticism and japonisme
  • 19th-century American painting

Selected Publications


Palaces of Art - Linda Merrill

Palaces of Art, Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism, eds. Lee Glazer and Linda Merrill (Washington, District of Columbia: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2013)

After Whistler - Linda Merrill

Editor and primary author. After Whistler: The Artist & His Influence on American Painting. Exhibition catalogue, with contributions by Lacey Taylor Jordan, Marc Simpson, Robyn Asleson, John Siewert, Sylvia Yount, and Lee Glazer (New Haven: Yale University Press and the High Museum of Art, 2003)

The Peacock Room - Linda Merrill

The Peacock Room: A Cultural Biography (Washington, D.C.: Freer Gallery of Art and Yale University Press, 1998)
Awarded Historians of British Art Book Prize for the best book in English on& British art and architecture in the nineteenth century, 2000.

With Kindest Regards - Linda Merrill

With Kindest Regards: The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890–1903 (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995)

Freer: A Legacy of Art - Linda Merrill

Freer: A Legacy of Art, with Thomas Lawton (Washington, D.C.: Freer Gallery of Art, in association with Harry N. Abrams, 1993)

A Pot of Paint - Linda Merrill

A Pot of Paint: Aesthetics on Trial in Whistler v. Ruskin (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992; reprint 1993) 

An Ideal Country - Linda Merrill

An Ideal Country: Paintings by Dwight William Tryon in the Freer Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.: Freer Gallery of Art in association with The University Press of New England, 1990) 

Current research and works in progress

"Mr. Whistler's 'Ten O'Clock'": The Performance of Art

Albert Herter and the Great War: The End of the Gilded Age

"The Better Homes Movement in America, 1933-1936: Bungalows, Politics, and Home Economics"