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

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Design for a fan

Catalogues Raisonnés

  • MacDonald, Margaret F., James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven and London, 1995 (cat. no. 392) as 'Design for a fan'.
  • Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer, and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980, p. 49 (cat. no. 86, ref.).

Authored by Whistler

  • None.

Catalogues 1855-1905


  • Fourth Exhibition, International Society of Sculptors, Painters, and Gravers, New Gallery, Knightsbridge, London, 1904 (2nd edition, cat. no. 154a) as 'Study for a Fan'.
  • Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, Regent Street, London, 1905 (cat. no. 116).


  • Sotheby's, London, 9 December 1889 (lot 1139) as 'Sketch for a Fan, in Japanese style, in colours'.

Journals 1855-1905

  • Anon., 'London Exhibitions', The Art Journal, 1904, pp. 96-98, repr. p. 98.

Books on Whistler

  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, p. 149, repr. f.p. 144.

Catalogues 1906-Present


  • Thomson, David Croal, Barbizon House: An Illustrated Record, London, 1928, repr. p. 10 as 'Ladies on the Seashore. design for a Fan.'
  • Important and Interesting Paintings and Drawings of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Anthony D'Offay Fine Art, London, 1966 (cat. no. 11), repr.
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., Notes, Harmonies, and Nocturnes: Small Works by James McNeill Whistler, M. Knoedler and Co., Inc., New York, 1984 (cat. no. 55), repr.
  • ホイスラー展. Whistler Exhibition in Japan, Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo; Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo; Shizuoka Prefectural Museum, Shizuoka, 1986 (cat. no. no. 55), repr., as in 'File collection' [sic].
  • Masterworks of American Impressionism from the Pfeil Collection, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD; National Academy of Design, NY; The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; Phoenix Art Museum, AZ; Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, Florida; The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee; Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Hawaii; Birmingham Museum of Art, AL; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1992-1994, pp. 272-73 (cat. no. 86), repr..


  • Christie's, London, 24 February 1928 (lot 51).
  • Sotheby's, London, 20 April 1966 (lot 11).
  • Christie's, New York, 22 May 2018 (lot 71).


  • Colby Museum of Art website at

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