Blue and Silver: Trouville

Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
ca. 1865
Oil on canvas
H x W: 59.3 x 72.8 cm (23 3/8 x 28 11/16 in)
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Oil painting

boat, ocean, United States, water

James Staats Forbes (1823-1904), London [1]

To 1902
Cottier and Co., London, England, Sydney, Australia, and New York to 1902 [2]

From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Cottier and Co. in 1902 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]


[1] “From the collection of J. S. Forbes" (see Curatorial Remark 2, C.L. Freer note, in the object record).

[2] See Original Whistler List, Paintings, pg. 4, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Purchased on July 1902 (see Accession File, Collections Management Office).

[3] See note 2.

[4] 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) and Custodian(s)

James Staats Forbes 1823-1904
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Cottier and Co. (C.L. Freer source) established 1869

Published References
  • Geneva Frances Morgan Tilleux. The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, 1857-1873. Ann Arbor. fig. 33.
  • Léonce Bénédite. L'œuvre de James MacNeill Whistler: quarante reproductions de chefs-d'œuvre du maître, réunis à l'occasion de l'exposition commémorative organisée à Paris, au palais de l'École nationale des beaux-arts. Exh. cat. Paris. pl. 34.
  • International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers. A catalogue of the pictures, drawings, prints and sculptures at the second exhibition of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, held at Knightsbridge, May-July, 1899. Exh. cat. London. .
  • Judith Elaine Gorder. James McNeill Whistler: A Study of the Oil Paintings 1855-1869. Ann Arbor. fig. 42.
  • Andrew McLaren Young, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer. The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler. Studies in British Art 2 vols. New Haven, 1980. vol. 2: pl. 39.
  • Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection. Exh. cat. New York, London, and New Haven. p. 7, fig. 5.
  • Bunkio Matsuki. James A. McNeill Whistler: In Memoriam. vol. 5. p. 9.
  • Grace Dunham Guest. Whistler: The Artist and the Man. Smithsonian Institution Radio Program, vol. 10, no. 3 New York. p. 13.
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. pp. 27, 118, pl. 21.
  • Elisabeth Luther Cary. The Works of James McNeill Whistler: A Study., 1st ed. New York, 1907. cat. 51, p. 164.
  • Albert von Dreyfus. James A. McNeill Whistler. Munich. p. 212.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
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