Grey and Silver–Liverpool

A misty scene on the river Mersey; sail boats and other craft; signed with the butterfly at lower right.

Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903)
Historical period(s)
1881-1883
Medium
Watercolor on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 15 x 27.2 cm (5 7/8 x 10 11/16 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1889.3a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Watercolor

Keywords
boat, river, United States, water
Provenance

To 1889
H. Wunderlich & Co., New York to 1889 [1]

From 1889 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from H. Wunderlich & Co. in 1889 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Whistler List, Paintings, pg. 16, 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.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
H. Wunderlich & Co. (C.L. Freer source) 1874 - 1912

Description

A misty scene on the river Mersey; sail boats and other craft; signed with the butterfly at lower right.

Published References
  • Ralph Sessions. The Poetic Vision: American Tonalism. Exh. cat. New York, 2005. fig. 28.
  • Christopher Finch. American Watercolors., 1st ed. New York, 1986. fig. 175.
  • Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours : A Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven, 1995. .
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 14, 179, pl. 96.
  • Nichols Clark. Charles Lang Freer: An American Aesthete in the Gilded Era. vol. 11, no. 4 New York, October 1979. pp. 54-68, fig. 7.
  • Ernest Francisco Fenollosa. Detroit Michigan. vol. 1, no. 2 Detroit, November 1907. p. 63.
  • David Park Curry. Charles Lang Freer and American Art. vol. 118, no. 258, special issue., August 1983. pp. 168-179, fig. 5.
  • Elisabeth Luther Cary. The Works of James McNeill Whistler: A Study., First edition. New York, 1907. p. 174.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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