A Street in Venice

Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903)
Historical period(s)
Crayon and pastel on brown paper
H x W: 30 x 12.7 cm (11 13/16 x 5 in)
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


United States

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]


[1] See Original Whistler List, Paintings, pg. 25, 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


The bare tree leaning over the wall on the right together with the very limited range of color, suggest that this drawing was completed during the winter of 1879–80, near the beginning of Whistler's fourteen month stay in Venice. Whistler used bright whites and the palest blues and pinks to suggest the snapping of drying laundry on a cold day. The pastel is unsigned and probably was not included in the 1881 Fine Art Society exhibition.

Published References
  • Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours : A Catalogue RaisonnĂ©. New Haven, 1995. .
  • Elisabeth Luther Cary. The Works of James McNeill Whistler: A Study., First edition. New York, 1907. cat. 285, p. 199.
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 264, pl. 256.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum