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

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The Palace; white and pink


  • By 1904: Henry Osbourne Havemeyer (1847-1907) ;
  • 1907: bequeathed to Louisine Waldron Havemeyer (1855-1929) ;
  • 1929: bequeathed to her daughter, Adaline Havemeyer Frelinghuysen, and passed by descent to her son, The Honorable Peter H. B. Frelinghuysen, and grandson, Peter Frelinghuysen;
  • 2012: sold at auction, Doyle's, New York, 9 May 2012 (lot 341), achieving a world auction record price for a Whistler work on paper, $650,000;
  • 2012: bought by the National Gallery of Art, from the Paul Mellon Fund and Patrons' Permanent Fund.

The early provenance is unknown.


  • 1881: Venice Pastels, Fine Art Society, London, 1881 (cat. no. 15) as 'The palace; white and pink'.
  • 1904: Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 (cat. no. 123) as 'The Palace – Pink and White'.

Last updated: 9th February 2021 by Margaret