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

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The Beggars - Winter


  • 1893: possibly among 'unfinished' Venice drawings, 'The property of a collector', sold at auction, Sotheby's, London, 23 January 1893 (lots 113-130);
  • 1893: several of these drawings passed through Dowdeswell, London dealers, to Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934) of Lincoln's Inn, London;
  • 1902: 'Doorway' was bought from Theobald by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) , Detroit;
  • 1919: bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art.

Further details are given in MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 727).


  • 1881: Venice Pastels, Fine Art Society, London, 1881 (cat no. 32) 'The Beggars – Winter'.
  • 1905: Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 167) as 'Doorway'.

It was described in the Daily Telegraph as 'a sketch in which the smallest colouring relieves the black and grey.' 1

By the terms of Freer's will, this cannot be lent to another venue.


1: Anon., 'Venice Pastels, Daily Telegraph, London, 5 February 1881; GUL Whistler PC4, p. 48.

Last updated: 16th February 2021 by Margaret