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

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The Palace in Rags; v.: Houses by a canal, with bridges

Catalogues Raisonnés

  • MacDonald, Margaret F., James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven and London, 1995 (cat. no. 770) as 'r.: The Palace in Rags; v.: Houses by a canal, with bridges'.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • Venice Pastels, Fine Art Society, London, 1881 (cat. no. 33) as 'The Palace in Rags'.

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • Anon., 'Venice Pastels, Daily Telegraph, London, 5 February 1881.

Journals 1855-1905

  • Country Gentleman, 5 February 1881.

Books on Whistler

  • Denker, Eric, Whistler and his circle in Venice, London, 2003, pp. 26-27, fig. 6.
  • Grieve, Alastair, Whistler's Venice, New Haven and London, 2000, pp. 72-74, repr. no. 75.
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice, Aldershot and California, 2001, pp. 19, 21, 99.
  • Way, Thomas Robert, Memories of James McNeill Whistler, the Artist, London and New York, 1912, repr. f.p. 52.

Catalogues 1906-Present

  • Pastels, Etchings and Lithographs by Whistler, Kennedy & Co., New York, 1914 (cat. no. 5).
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., Whistler. The Graphic Work: Amsterdam, Liverpool, London, Venice, Agnew and Sons, London; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; City Art Gallery, Glasgow, 1976 (cat. no. 99, repr.)
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., Notes, Harmonies, and Nocturnes: Small Works by James McNeill Whistler, M. Knoedler and Co., Inc., New York, 1984 (ca. no. 88).
  • Dorment, Richard, and Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler, Tate Gallery, London, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1994-1995 (cat. no. 105).
  • Merrill, Linda, et al., After Whistler: The Artist and His Influence on American Painting, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 2003, pp. 43-44, 222, repr. fig. 38 (not exhibited).
  • Zorzi, Rosella Mamoli, Anne McCauly, and Erica E. Hirshler, Gondola Days: Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Palazzo Barbaro Circle, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, 2004.
  • Whistler and His Influence, Thomas Colville Fine Art, The Art Show, The Park Avenue Armory, New York, 2015 (Plate 6). Online.


  • Thomas Colville Fine Art website at

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