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

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Carlyle's Sweetstuff Shop

Technique


                    Carlyle's Sweetstuff Shop, Terra Foundation for American Art
Carlyle's Sweetstuff Shop, Terra Foundation for American Art

It is thinly painted on a grey primed panel. The Terra Foundation website described it as 'Thinly painted in dryly brushed, semi-transparent glazes'. 1 The rather dry brushwork does not in the least detract from the dark, intensely rich colours.

Conservation History


                    Carlyle's Sweetstuff Shop, photograph, 1980
Carlyle's Sweetstuff Shop, photograph, 1980

                    Carlyle's Sweetstuff Shop, Terra Foundation for American Art
Carlyle's Sweetstuff Shop, Terra Foundation for American Art

An old photograph does not show any radical changes; it was probably taken with a different film or lighting that made it appear brighter than it is. The edges appear to be very slightly abraded.

Notes:

1: Terra Foundation website at http://collection.terraamericanart.org.

Last updated: 25th November 2020 by Margaret