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

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Rose and Silver


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


  • 1888: possibly Ve Exposition des XX, Société des XX, Brussels, 1888 as 'Rose et argent'.
  • 1888: possibly III. Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Königlicher Glaspalast, Munich, 1888 (cat. no. 48) as 'Rosa und Silber'.
  • 1889: “Notes” – “Harmonies” – “Nocturnes”, H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1889 (cat. no. 37) as 'Rose and Silver' (number on verso).

It was not, as previously suggested, shown in 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Second Series, Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1886 (cat. no. 37) as 'Violet Note'.

The New York Times did not described this pastel specifically, but commented on 3 March 1889 that 'the Wunderlich exhibition included 'pastels of nude young ladies who rely a good deal on the color of the paper on which they live for their existence.' 1

It apparently remained unsold, and was returned after the exhibition to Whistler. 2

By the terms of Miss Birnie Philip's gift, the drawing can not be lent for exhibition.


1: Anon., 'Etchings, Drawings, Pastels', New York Times, New York, 3 March 1889, p. 5.

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

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