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

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Grey and Silver: Pourville

Grey and Silver: Pourville probably dates from Whistler's time in Pourville-sur-mer between July and August 1899, or in the following summer. 1

However, according to the first owner, William Keeney Bixby (1857-1931), it was painted at Trouville in 1901. 2 Although it was certainly first exhibited in 1901 and sold to Bixby in 1902, it probably dates from slightly earlier.


                Grey and Silver: Pourville, from Art Journal, December 1901, repr. p. 379
Grey and Silver: Pourville, from Art Journal, December 1901, repr. p. 379

                The Shore, Pourville, The Ashmolean
The Shore, Pourville, The Ashmolean

The compilers have never seen this painting but it would appear to have been closely related to Whistler’s other paintings of Pourville in 1899, particularly The Sea, Pourville [YMSM 520], The Shore, Pourville [YMSM 521] and Grey and Gold: High Tide at Pourville [YMSM 523].

Notes:

1: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 522).

2: Cary 1907[more] , p. 156.

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