Nocturne: Battersea Bridge

Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
1872-1873
Medium
Pastel on brown paper
Dimensions
H x W: 18.4 x 28.1 cm (7 1/4 x 11 1/16 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1904.64a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Drawing
Type

Drawing

Keywords
bridge, moon, night, United States
Provenance

To 1904
P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London, to 1904 [1]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. in 1904 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Whistler List, Paintings, pg. 26, 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)

P. & D. Colnaghi (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

This vivid pastel is a preliminary study for a two-panel japonesque screen that Whistler painted in 1872 for his patron Frederick R. Leyland (1831-1892).


The only screen that Whistler ever painted, Blue and Silver: Screen, with Old Battersea Bridge is now in the Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland. The view is towards London, with the Chelsea clock-tower behind the bridge to the left.

Published References
  • Robert H. Getscher. Whistler and Venice. Ann Arbor. .
  • Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours : A Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven, 1995. .
  • The signature of James McNeill Whistler. vol. 15, no. 4 New York, 1962-1963. p. 43.
  • Michael Komanecky. The Folding Image: Screens by Western Artists of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Exh. cat. New Haven, 1984. p. 63, fig. 60.
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 246, pl. 220.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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