Confidences in the Garden

Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903)
Historical period(s)
Lithograph on paper
H x W: 21.2 x 16.2 cm (8 3/8 x 6 3/8 in)
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


garden, United States, woman

From 1899 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by the artist in 1899 [1]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [2]


[1] See Original Whistler List, Lithographs, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. A note on the back of this lithograph states: "'Confidences.' Given to me by Mr. Whistler, August 1899 [signed] C.L.F." (see Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record). Also, according to Curatorial Remark 2, G.D.G., 1921, in the object record: The above information not having been available at the time the registration was made, the print was given a registration number for 1906, the year of the printed Inventory."

[2] 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)

James McNeill Whistler (C.L. Freer source) 1834 - 1903
Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919


Whistler's lithograph catches Beatrix Whistler and her sister Ethel Birnie Philip deep in conversation as they stroll in the garden behind 110 rue du Bac. The high walls of the garden separated it from a nearby monastery. Arthur Jerome Eddy, one of Whistler's early biographers, recalled that the garden was often filled with the sounds of church bells and chanting monks.
Whistler lithographs are identified by "C." numbers as described in The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998). This print is C.100, one of two impressions. See also F1906.177.

Published References
  • With Kindest Regards: The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler 1890-1903. Washington. p. 25, fig. 6.
  • The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler. 2 vol., Chicago and New York, 1998. pp. 438-443.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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