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

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Variations in violet and rose

Catalogues Raisonnés

  • MacDonald, Margaret F., James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven and London, 1995 (cat. no. 1079) as 'Variations in violet and rose'.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Second Series, Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1886 (cat. no. 21) 'Variations in violet and rose'.
  • Possibly Exposition Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1887 (cat. no. 185) as 'Violet et rose'.
  • Possibly Ve Exposition des XX, Société des XX, Brussels, 1888 (no cat. no.) as 'Harmonie en rose et violet'.
  • Possibly III. Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Königlicher Glaspalast, Munich, 1888 (cat. no. 47) as 'Harmonie rosa und Violet'.
  • “Notes” – “Harmonies” – “Nocturnes”, H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1889 (cat. no. 46) as 'Pink and Violet'.
  • Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 (cat. no. 124) as 'Greek Girl'.

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • Anon., 'Mr. Whistler's Sketches', Globe, London, 14 May 1886, p. 6.
  • Anon., [“Notes” – “Harmonies” – “Nocturnes”], New York Herald, New York, 2 March 1889.

Journals 1855-1905

  • Charles de Kay, 'Whistler. The head of the Impressionists', Art Review, I, no. 1, 1886, pp. 1-3, at p. 2.

Catalogues 1906-Present


  • Frelinghuysen, ‎Alice Cooney, and Maryan Wynn Ainsworth, Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection, ‎Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1993, p. 208, repr. pl. 184, as 'The Greek Slave Girl'.


  • Sotheby's, New York, 5 December 1996 as 'The Greek Slave (Variations in violet and rose)'.


  • Wallace, Ann, 'Shelburne Museum Trustees Select Paintings for Sale', APNews, 23 April 1996, website.
  • Vogel, Ann, 'A Family Museum to Sell Off Cherished Art', New York Times, 23 April 1996, website.

Last updated: 11th April 2021 by Margaret