Detail from The Canal, Amsterdam, 1889, James McNeill Whistler, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

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Grey and Silver: Old Battersea Reach

Catalogues Raisonnés

  • Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer, and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980 (cat. no. 46), plate 15, as 'Grey and Silver: Old Battersea Reach'.

Authored by Whistler

  • Nocturnes, Marines & Chevalet Pieces, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892 (cat. no. 36) as 'Grey and Silver. Old Battersea Reach'.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • 99th Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1867 (cat. no. 243) as 'Battersea'.
  • Exposition Universelle de 1867, Paris, France, Palais Royal: Galerie d'Orleans.
  • Retrospective Exhibition, College for Working Men and Women, London, 1889 (no catalogue).
  • Nocturnes, Marines & Chevalet Pieces, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892 (cat. no. 36) as 'Grey and Silver. Old Battersea Reach'.
  • 1901: 70th Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1901 (cat. no. 106) as 'Battersea'.
  • Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 1904 (cat. no. 70) as 'The Thames'.
  • Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 58) as 'On the Thames'.

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • Anon., 'Fine Arts', Illustrated Times, London, 11 May 1867, p. 11.
  • Anon., [review of Royal Academy], Hull Advertiser and Exchange Gazette, 14 May 1867, pp. 4-5.
  • Anon., 'The Exhibition at the Royal Academy: Second Notice,' Manchester Guardian, 21 May 1867, p. 5.
  • Anon., Illustrated London News, London, 1 June 1867, p. 22.
  • Anon., The Echo, London, 20 May 1889.

Journals 1855-1905

  • 'The Royal Academy,' Art Journal, June 1867, p. 143.
  • Stephens, F. G., 'Fine Arts. Royal Academy', The Athenaeum, 18 May 1867.
  • Rossetti, William Michael (ed.), Rossetti Papers, 1862-1870, London, 1903, p. 228.


  • None.

Books on Whistler

  • Cary, Elizabeth Luther, The Works of James McNeill Whistler: A Study, with a Tentative List of Artist’s Works, New York, 1907, p. 167 (cat. no. 70).
  • Lane, James W., Whistler, (American Artists Series), New York, 1942, pp. 35, 60.
  • McMullen, Roy, Victorian Outsider: a Biography of J. A. M. Whistler, London, 1974, pp. 115-16, 275.
  • Mansfield, Howard, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Dry-Points of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Chicago, 1909, p. 57, no. 90.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, pp. 78-79, 144.
  • Sickert, Bernhard, Whistler, London and New York, 1908 (cat. nos. 12, 27 and 105).
  • Spencer, Robin, Whistler, New York, 1990, pp. 54-55.
  • Sutton, Denys, Nocturne: The Art of James McNeill Whistler, London, 1963, pp. 41-42.

Books, General

  • Barter, Judith A., et al, The Age of American Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press, 2011 (cat. no. 10).
  • Shapley, John, ed., The Index of Twentieth Century Artists, 4 vols., 1934; repr. New York: Arno Press, 1970, pp. 182-220.

Catalogues 1906-Present


  • Original Drawings by Old and Modern Masters, Albert Roullier Art Galleries, Chicago, 1921, repr. p. 159.
  • Summer Exhibition: Sea and Land and City Streets, Chicago, The University of Chicago Renaissance Society, Wieboldt Hall, 1933 (cat. no. 7).
  • A Century of Progress Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago, 1934 (cat. no. 423).
  • Exhibition of American Painting: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Paintings, San Francisco, M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1935 (cat. no. 242), repr.
  • The Main Currents in the Development of American Painting: Inaugural Exhibition of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1936 (cat. no. 50), repr.
  • Summer Exhibitions, Art Institute of Chicago, 1939 (cat. no. 3).
  • Survey of American Painting, Pittsburgh, Pa. Carnegie Institute, Department of Fine Arts, 1940.
  • Sweet, Frederick A. (ed.), Sargent, Whistler and Mary Cassatt, Art Institute of Chicago and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1954 (cat. no. 95).
  • Young, A. McLaren, James McNeill Whistler, Arts Council Gallery, London, and Knoedler Galleries, New York, 1960 (cat. no. 8).
  • Sweet, Frederick A. (ed.), James McNeill Whistler, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, and Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY, 1968, pp. 54-55 (cat. no. 4) as 'Grey and Silver Battersea Reach'.
  • Whistler: Prints and Paintings, Art Institute of Chicago, 1979.
  • Jean Devoisins, Trésors Impressionnistes du Musée, Albi, France, Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, 1980 (cat. no. 57), p. 65, repr., as 'Gris et argent: Old Battersea Reach'.
  • Warner, Malcolm, The Image of London: Views by Travellers and Emigrés, 1550-1920, Barbican Art Gallery, London (cat. no. 158), p. 153, repr.
  • Songs on Stone: James McNeill Whistler and the Art of Lithography, The Art Institute of Chicago and National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1998-1999.
  • Lochnan, Katharine, Turner, Whistler, Monet, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; Tate Britain, London, 2004-2005 (cat. no. 33), repr. p. 123.
  • MacDonald, Margaret, 'Whistler and the Thames', in MacDonald, Margaret, and Patricia de Montfort, An American in London: Whistler and the Thames, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Addison Gallery of American Art, Freer Gallery of Art, 2013-2014, p. 23 (cat. no. 27).

Journals 1906-Present

  • Anon., 'Summer at the Institute', Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago, vol. 15, September/October 1921, pp. 158-59, at p. 159.


  • Art Institute of Chicago website (acc. 2019).
  • Clarke, Jay A., and Sarah Kelly Oehler, eds., Whistler Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, 2020, website.
  • Strother, Stephanie L., 'Cat. 7 Grey and Silver: Old Battersea Reach, 1863: Curatorial Entry,' in Whistler Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, 2020, URL.
  • Muir, Kimberley, 'Cat. 7 Grey and Silver: Old Battersea Reach, 1863: Technical Summary,' in Whistler Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, 2020, URL.


  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. nos. 52, 54) 'Battersea'.


  • Parkerson, Sarah Lawrence, Variations in Gold: The Stylistic Development of the Picture Frames used by James McNeill Whistlers, PhD thesis, University of Glasgow, 2007.

Last updated: 5th June 2021 by Margaret