Blue and Silver – Boat Entering Pourville

Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
Oil on wood panel
H x W: 14.1 x 23.4 cm (5 9/16 x 9 3/16 in)
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Oil painting

beach, United States, water

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

To 1904
Obach & Co., London, to 1904 [2]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Obach & Co. in 1904 [3]

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


[1] See Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office. Also, according to Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record, an undated note from C.L. Freer states: "From the Forbes Collection."

[2] See Original Whistler List, Paintings, pg. 15, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[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)

Obach & Co. (C.L. Freer source)
James Staats Forbes 1823 - 1904
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


Whistler caught the flu in mid July, 1899. On the advice of his doctor, he left London for the seacoast, settling in a rented house in Pourville-sur-Mer, near Dieppe, in France. Whistler recovered quickly but except for brief trips to Holland and Paris, he remained in Pourville-sur-Mer until mid-October. While on the coast Whistler completed several watercolors and about a dozen small oils on panel. The Pourville seascapes are the last major series of small oils on panel Whistler ever completed.

Published References
  • Andrew McLaren Young, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer. The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler. Studies in British Art 2 vols. New Haven, 1980. pl. 336.
  • James Warren Lane Aimee Crane. Whistler. New York. p. 92.
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 155, pl. 65.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum