The Blue Girl (fragment): Purple and Blue

Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
1872-1876
Medium
Oil on canvas attached to wood panel
Dimensions
H x W: 76.8 x 22 cm (30 1/4 x 8 11/16 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1907.181a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Oil painting

Keywords
child, United States
Provenance

To 1907
Thomas Robert Way (1861-1913), London, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Thomas Robert Way in 1907 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record. See also, Original Whistler List, Purchases since Making up the Smithsonian Inventory, pg. 5, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1. According to Curatorial Remark 3, G.D. Guest, 1927, the registration number for this object was changed to correspond with the year of purchase.

[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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Thomas Robert Way (C.L. Freer source) 1861-1913

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. .
  • Charles Henry Caffin. The Art of James McNeill Whistler: Lecture at the Detroit Museum of Art. Detroit, Friday, April 23, 1909. p. 37.
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 114, pl. 17.
  • Linda Merrill. The Peacock Room: A Cultural Biography. Washington and New Haven. p. 266, fig. 6.21.
  • Margaret F. MacDonald. Whistler's Designs for a Catalogue of Blue and White Nankin Porcelain. vol. 198 London, August 1978. p. 291, fig. 2.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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