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

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Harmony in Opal and Violet


Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921), writing in the Academy, praised Whistler's two upright pastels of lightly draped models. 1 Most critics appeared to think the pastels were figure studies although the Echo on 2 December 1885 mentioned two pastel 'seaside' sketches.

It is also possible that Harmony in Opal and Violet should be identified with Harmony in Blue and Violet [M.1076] or a 'seaside' subject, now known as Annabel Lee [M.1077].


1: Wedmore, Frederick, 'The Society of British Artists', Academy, vol. 28, 19 December 1885, p. 417.

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