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Blue and Silver–Choppy Channel

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1893-1897
  • Geography

    United States
  • Material

    Watercolor on paper mounted to board
  • Dimension

    H x W: 14.1 × 24.2 cm (5 9/16 × 9 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1899.24a-b
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1899.24a-b

Object Details

  • Artist

    James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
  • Description

    A nearly abstract view of the rough sea, signed with the butterfly at lower left.
  • Signatures

    Green butterfly in lower left corner; butterfly on verso of board in black ink
  • Inscriptions

    Verso: 'Blue & Silver' / The Chopping Channel' / Butterfly signature
  • Paper/Support

    On cold-pressed, wove paper mounted overall to board. The paper support is mounted on top of a manufactured board that already had a facing paper.
  • Provenance

    1899
    Goupil et Cie, London 1899 [1]
    From 1899 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Goupil et Cie, London in 1899 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    Notes:
    [1] Undated folder sheet note, Object file. Also see Original Whistler List, Paintings, pg. 17, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Whistler in Watercolor (May 18 to November 3, 2019)
    James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art—Whistler and the Landscape (May 11, 1984 to February 5, 1985)
    James McNeill Whistler Pastels, Etchings, Paintings, Watercolors (November 11, 1976 to June 24, 1977)
    Whistler—Landscapes and Seascapes (October 14, 1969 to September 25, 1971)
    Pictures, Drawings, Bronzes, Pottery, Antique Furniture, Decorative Metal Work (1898)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Goupil et Cie (1829-1919) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    United States
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

    Painting
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