The Shell

Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
ca. 1891
Medium
Chalk and pastel on grey paper
Dimensions
H x W: 18.4 x 28 cm (7 1/4 x 11 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1905.63a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Drawing
Type

Drawing

Keywords
child, United States, woman
Provenance

To 1905
William Marchant & Co., London, to 1905 [1]

From 1905 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from William Marchant & Co. in 1905 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Whistler List, Lithographs, pg. 28, 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)

William Marchant & Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Published References
  • Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours : A Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven, 1995. .
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 275, pl. 277.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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