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

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Grey and Silver: Mist – Life Boat

Catalogues Raisonnés

  • Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer, and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980 (cat. no. 287), plate 164, as 'Grey and Silver: Mist – Life Boat'.

Authored by Whistler

  • None.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884 (cat. no. 54) as 'Grey and silver Mist – Life Boat'.
  • Annual Exhibition of Sketches, Pictures & Photography: A Loan Collection of Pictures by Mr Whistler ..., Dublin Sketching Club, Dublin, 1884 (cat. no. 246) as 'Grey and silver Mist – Life Boat'.
  • Exposition Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1887 (cat. no. 199) as 'Gris et argent: Mer et Pluie. Bateau de sauvetage'.
  • Probably III. Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Königlicher Glaspalast, Munich, 1888 (cat. no. 60) as 'Grau und Silber'.
  • “Notes” – “Harmonies” – “Nocturnes”, H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1889 (cat. no. 29) as 'A Grey Note – The Life Boat'.
  • Exposition Générale des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 1890 (cat. no. 843) as 'Le Bateau de sauvetage'.

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • Anon, ['Cigarette'], 'Whistles', The Topical Times, 24 May 1884.

Journals 1855-1905

  • ‘An Enthusiast’, [Sickert, W. R.], 'Mr Whistler and His Art', The Artist and Journal of Home Culture, vol. 5, 1 June 1884, pp. 199-201.


  • None.

Books on Whistler

  • Holden, Donald, Whistler Landscapes and Seascapes, New York, 1969, p, 61, repr. pl. 20.
  • Spencer, Robin, Whistler, New York, 1990, pp. 114-15.
  • Robins, Anna Gruetzner, A Fragile Modernism. Whistler and his Impressionist Followers, London and New Haven, 2007, pp. 13, 14, 182 n.15.

Books, General

  • Gilbert, Henry, Roy Ray, and Colin Orchard, All About St. Ives: A Guide to the Town, its Galleries and Art History, [St Ives], 2006, p. 9.

Catalogues 1906-Present


  • Stubbs, Burns A., Paintings, Pastels, Drawings, Prints and Copper Plates by and attributed to American and European Artists, together with a List of Original Whistleriana in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1948, p 14 (14.1).
  • Curry, David Park, James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art, New York and London, 1984, pp. 139, 294, pl. 43.


  • Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915 (cat. no. 257).
  • Myers, Kenneth John, Mr. Whistler’s Gallery: Pictures at an 1884 Exhibition, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2003, pp. 93-94, repr. p. 37.
  • Tovey, David, St Ives Art pre-1890: The Dawn of the Colony,Tate St Ives, St Ives, 2008, p. 54 (not exhibited).

Journals 1906-Present

  • Brumbaugh, Thomas Brendle, 'A Whistler Footnote', The Art Journal, vol. 31, no. 3, Spring 1972, p. 261.


  • Freer Gallery of Art website at


  • None.


  • Parkerson, Sarah Lawrence, Variations in Gold: The Stylistic Development of the Picture Frames used by James McNeill Whistlers, PhD thesis, University of Glasgow, 2007.

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