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

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Grey and Brown: The Sad Sea Shore

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. 330), plate 221, as 'Grey and Brown: The Sad Sea Shore'.

Authored by Whistler

  • None.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Second Series, Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1886 (cat. no. 43) as 'Grey and brown – The Sad Sea Shore'.
  • Possibly Exposition Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1887 (cat. no. 184) as 'Gris et brun: La Plage'.
  • III. Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Königlicher Glaspalast, Munich, 1888 (cat. no. 63) as 'Grau und Brun. Ruhige See'.
  • “Notes” – “Harmonies” – “Nocturnes”, H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1889 (cat. no. 27) as 'Grey and Brown. The Sad Sea – Dieppe'.

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • Anon., 'The Whistler Exhibition', Illustrated London News, London, 15 May 1886, p. 14.
  • Morning Post, London, ca 10 May 1887, in GUL Whistler PC 3, p. 120.

Journals 1855-1905

  • None.


  • None.

Books on Whistler

  • Holden, Donald, Whistler Landscapes and Seascapes, New York, 1969, repr. pl. 32.
  • Taylor, Hilary, James McNeill Whistler, London, 1978, pl. 96.

Books, General

  • None.

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. 16 (14.2).
  • Curry, David Park, James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art, New York and London, 1984, pp. 142, 295, pl. 47.

Journals 1906-Present

  • Dempsey, Andrew, 'Whistler and Sickert: A Friendship and its End', Apollo, vol. 83, January 1966, pp. 30-37, at p. 32.


  • Freer Gallery of Art website at


  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. no. 410).


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

Last updated: 31st December 2020 by Margaret