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

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  • 1903: in Whistler's studio at his death, and bequeathed to his ward and executrix, Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) ;
  • 1935: given by Miss R. Birnie Philip to the University of Glasgow.

It was seen by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) in Whistler's studio at some time around 1900. He noted that he had seen two versions of 'Annabel Lee' (Annabel Lee [YMSM 079] and Sketch for 'Annabel Lee' [YMSM 080]), 'and another still smaller and very lovely one greenish drapery and wonderful sky ... yellow line behind her', which must have been Ariel. 1


It was not, as far as is known, exhibited in Whistler's lifetime.

Due to the terms of Miss R. Birnie Philip's gift to the University of Glasgow, it is not lendable.


1: [ca 1900], Diaries, Bk 14, Freer Gallery Archives.

Last updated: 22nd October 2020 by Margaret