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

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The Ermine Coat


  • Date unknown: acquired by James Staats Forbes (1823-1904) ;
  • 1904: passed to his executors;
  • 1904: on 7 June, Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) , Detroit, left a bid with William Stephen Marchant (1868-1925) , London art dealer, for 14 drawings from the Forbes collection;
  • 1905: Freer 's offer was accepted (Freer Diary; 24 July 1905);
  • 1919: bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art.

The early provenance is unknown. For further details see MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 419).


  • 1904: Watercolours, Pastels, Drawings in Black and White, Sculptures and Bronzes By British and Foreign Artists Including A Selection of Works by H. B. Brabazon, and A Group of Works by the late James McNeill Whistler, Goupil Gallery, London, 1904 (cat. no. 12) as 'The Ermine Coat'.
  • 1904: Pictures presented to the City of Dublin to form the Nucleus of a Gallery of Modern Art, also pictures lent by the executors of the late James Staats Forbes and others, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 1904 (cat. no. 256) as 'The Sable Jacket'

Last updated: 2nd March 2021 by Margaret