Grand Canal, Amsterdam; Nocturne

A night view across the canal, with two buildings with lighted windows on the farther bank; on the nearer bank, a group of figures; signed with the butterfly at the lower right corner.

Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
1882
Medium
Watercolor on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 22.7 x 28.4 cm (8 15/16 x 11 3/16 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1902.161a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Watercolor

Keywords
night, United States, water
Provenance

To 1902
Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934), London, to 1902 [1]

From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Henry Studdy Theobald in 1902 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Whistler List, Purchases from Thoebald, pg. 5, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, Voucher No. 1, August 1902, 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)

Henry Studdy Theobald (C.L. Freer source) 1847-1934
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

A night view across the canal, with two buildings with lighted windows on the farther bank; on the nearer bank, a group of figures; signed with the butterfly at the lower right corner.

Published References
  • Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours : A Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven, 1995. .
  • Richard J. Boyle, Donald Holden. Donald Holden: watercolors. New York. p. 13.
  • Kenneth Myers. Mr. Whistler's Gallery: Pictures at an 1884 Exhibition. Washington. cat. 24, p. 49.
  • Donald Holden. Whistler Landscapes and Seascapes. New York. p. 65, pl. 22.
  • Elisabeth Luther Cary. The Works of James McNeill Whistler: A Study., First edition. New York, 1907. cat. 98, p. 172.
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 190, pl. 116.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Whistler Watercolors
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