- Also known as
Edward J Whymper
primary name: Whymper, Edward J
- individual; printmaker; painter/draughtsman; British; Male
- Life dates
- Holmwood, 82 Waldegrave Road, Teddington, London (1907-1911)
- Occasional draughtsman and engraver on wood, illustrator, landscape watercolourist and alpinist. Son of the wood-engraver Josiah Whymper and brother of Charles and Frederick Whymper (qq.v.). His diary, 1855-59 (see Bibliography), gives a good idea of the life of an apprentice wood-engraver at the time.Travelled to the Disko Bay area in Greenland in 1867 (with Scottish botanist Robert Brown) and in 1872, making large collections on each occasion. The BM possesses a box with his wood-engraving tools; prints are signed with either variant spelling of his name.
'Scrambles Amongst the Alps', 1871; 'Travels Amongst the Great Andes, 1892; "Greenland exploration.", 'Athenaeum', 7 December 1867, 767; "Explorations in Greenland.", 'Good Words', 25, 1884, pp. 38-43, pp. 96-103, pp.183-189;
"Greenland.", 'Alpine Journal', 5, 870, pp.1-23.; "Report of proceedings to obtain a collection of fossil plants in North Greenland for the Committee of the British Association.", 'Report of the thirty-ninth meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, John Murray, 1870; "Researches in Greenland", 'Nature', 7 November 1872, 8; "Some notes on Greenland and the Greenlanders", 'Alpine Journal 6, 1873, pp. 160-168, pp. 208-220.
- R K Engen, 'Dictionary of Victorian Wood Engravers', 1985
Ian Smith (ed.), The Apprenticeship of a Mountaineer: Edward Whymer's London Diary, 1855-1859 (London Record Soicety, XLIII, 2008)