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

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Ariel

Provenance

  • 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

Exhibitions

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.

Notes:

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

Last updated: 22nd October 2020 by Margaret