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

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Black and Emerald: Coal Mine

Technique


                    Black and Emerald: Coal Mine, Freer Gallery of Art
Black and Emerald: Coal Mine, Freer Gallery of Art

The paint is thin and the pale grey undercoat is visible, particularly at the bottom of the panel.

This fine, almost miniature, work was painted with fluid strokes of a tiny sable brush. It was probably completed in one session, with the colours painted into each other while still wet – so that some of the struts of the abandoned mine-workings are conveyed by washing away the details behind, rather in the manner of watercolour painting.

Conservation History

Frame


                    Black and Emerald: Coal Mine, Freer Gallery of Art
Black and Emerald: Coal Mine, Freer Gallery of Art

Small Dowdeswell frame, made for Whistler's one-man exhibition in 1884 [11.1 cm]. 1

Notes:

1: Dr S. L. Parkerson Day, Report on frames, 2017; see also Parkerson 2007 [more] .

Last updated: 11th November 2020 by Margaret