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

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Nocturne: The Solent

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. 71) as 'Nocturne: The Solent', plates 43, 377.

Authored by Whistler

  • None.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • Possibly [Exposition], Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1873 (no. 4, cat. untraced).

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • None.

Journals 1855-1905

  • Chesneau, Ernest, 'Le Japonisme dans les arts', Musée Universel, vol. 2, 1873, pp. 214-18, at p. 216.


  • None.

Books on Whistler

  • Holden, Donald, Whistler Landscapes and Seascapes, New York, 1969, repr. pl. 4.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Whistler Journal, Philadelphia, 1921, pp. 135-36.

Books, General

  • Gaunt, William, Marine Painting: An historical survey, London, 1975, p. 260.
  • Getscher, Robert H., ‘Whistler’s Paintings in Valparaiso: Carpe Diem’, in Fattal, Laura Felleman, and Carol Salus (eds), Out of Context. American Artists Abroad, Westport and London, 2004, pp. 11-22.

Catalogues 1906-Present


  • Morand, ‎Anne, Daniel C. Swan, Kevin Smith, and Sarah Erwin, Treasures of Gilcrease: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Norman, 2005, p. 48.


  • American Painting, Person Hall Art Gallery, Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina, April–May 1946 (cat. no. 18, cat. untraced).
  • McIntyre, Robert G., Whistler: Loan Exhibition, New York, Macbeth Gallery, 1947 (cat. no. 4) as 'Nocturne; The Solent'.
  • The Coast and the Sea: A Survey of American Marine Painting, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, 1948 (cat. no. 127).
  • White, Nelson C., James McNeill Whistler Seventeenth Anniversary Exhibition, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT, 1949 (cat. no. 32) as 'On the Solent'.
  • Young, Andrew McLaren, James McNeill Whistler: An Exhibition of Paintings and Other Works, Organized by the Arts Council of Great Britain and the English-Speaking Union of the United States, London and New York, 1960 (cat. no. 16).
  • Dorment, Richard, and Margaret F. MacDonald (eds), James McNeill Whistler, Tate Gallery, London, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1994-1995 (cat. no. 43).
  • Merrill, Linda, et al., After Whistler: The Artist and His Influence on American Painting, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 2003, pp. 104-05 (cat. no. 3), repr. p. 105.
  • Ayako Ono, ホイッスラー展. James McNeill Whistler Retrospective, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyōto, 2014, and Yokohama Museum of Art, 2014–2015 (cat. no. 123).
  • Schaefer, Barbara, and Anita Hachmann (eds.), Es war einmal in Amerika. Dreihundert Jahre US-amerikanische Kunst, exhibition catalogue, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, 2018, p. 396 (cat. no. 62), repr. p. 397.


  • American Art Association, New York, 15 November 1935 (lot 20) repr. p. 13.
  • Kende Galleries, New York, 4 May 1945 (lot 148).

Journals 1906-Present

  • Anon., 'A Whistler Nocturne to Washington University', Art News, vol. 34, 25 January 1936, p. 13.
  • ‘M. R. R.’, ‘Recent Additions to the Washington University Collection’, Bulletin of the City Art Museum of St. Louis, vol. 22, no. 4, 1937, pp. 42-45, p. 44.
  • Sutton, Denys, ‘A Whistler Exhibition’, The Burlington Magazine, vol. 102, October 1960, pp. 460-61.
  • Baron, Wendy, ‘London and Paris: Whistler’ [exhibition review], The Burlington Magazine, vol. 137, pp. 128-29, p. 129.

Newspapers 1906-Present

  • Anon., 'Whistler Marine Is Sold for $12,000', New York Times, New York, 16 November 1935, p. 13.



  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. no. 390).


  • Siewert, John, 'Whistler’s Nocturnes and the Aesthetic Subject', PhD thesis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1994, p. 12.

Last updated: 2nd December 2020 by Margaret