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

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An Orange Note - Booths, Paris


  • 1903: in Whistler's studio at his death and bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958);
  • 1935: given by Miss Philip to the University of Glasgow.


  • 1886: 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Second Series, Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1886 (cat. no. 34) as 'Note in green and orange – Little Paris'.
  • 1887: Possibly Exposition Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1887 (cat. no. 191) as 'Vert et orange: Paris' although that could have been an oil.
  • 1888: III. Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Königlicher Glaspalast, Munich, 1888 (cat. no. 31) as 'Grun und orange: Paris'.
  • 1889: “Notes” – “Harmonies” – “Nocturnes”, H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1889 (cat. no. 22) as 'An Orange Note – Booth's, Paris'.
  • 1905: Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 98) as 'Chelsea Shops'.

It was described in The Sun, New York, 10 March 1889, as 'street booths in Paris, with a bright touch of orange as the key-note'.

It was priced at 35 guineas, but remained unsold, and was returned to Whistler after the exhibition by Wunderlich's on the SS Servia. 1

By the terms of Miss Philip's Gift, this work cannot be lent to another venue.


1: G. Dieterlen, H. Wunderlich & Co., to Whistler, 1 November 1889, GUW #07187.

Last updated: 2nd April 2021 by Margaret