Chelsea Children

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1897
  • Geography

    United States
  • Material

    Watercolor on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 12.7 x 21.6 cm (5 x 8 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
  • Description

    A group of children looking into a shop window; signed with the butterfly to the right of the shop door.
  • Signatures

    Brown butterfly in center of right half
  • Paper/Support

    On hot-pressed, wove paper mounted overall to board.
  • Provenance

    From 1902 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Company of the Butterfly, London, in 1902 [1]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [2]
    [1] See Original Whistler List, Paintings, pg. 16, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Society of the Butterfly [Company of the Butterfly] was James McNeill Whistler's London business through which he sold his works. Mr. Freer purchased this work in May 1900, although it was paid for on June 16, 1902 (see Accession List, Collections Management Office, as well as Curatorial Remarks in the object record).
    [2] 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)
    Whistler's Neighborhood: Impressions of a Changing London (September 8, 2012 to September 8, 2013)
    James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art—Whistler and Modern Life (May 11, 1984 to December 16, 1984)
    American Paintings: James McNeill Whistler (November 11, 1976 to March 18, 1981)
    Whistler Pastels and Water Colors (July 1 to July 31, 1974)
    Exposition des Oeuvres de James McNeill Whistler (May 1905)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Company of the Butterfly (1897-1903) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    United States
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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