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

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Little Canal, San Barnaba; flesh colour and grey


  • 1903: possibly with William Stephen Marchant (1868-1925), London art dealer;
  • By 1904: said to have been owned by James Staats Forbes (1823-1904) ;
  • By 1905: owned by Richard Albert Canfield (1855-1914) ;
  • 1914: sold on 12 March to Knoedler's, New York dealers, who then sold it to Stephen Carlton Clark (1882-1960) ;
  • 1927: returned to Knoedler's in February and sold on 3 May to Scott and Fowles, New York dealers.
  • Date unknown: acquired by Mrs Esther Slater Kerrigan (1892-1951) , New York;
  • 1942: sold at auction, Parke-Bernet, New York, 9 January 1942 (lot 29) and bought by Scott and Fowles;
  • 1946: sold at auction, Scott and Fowles sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, 28 March 1946 (lot 23, repr.), and bought by Macbeth, New York dealers;
  • 1946: bought by Mrs Hotchkiss, later Carolyn Glendenin Foulke (née Ryan) (1910-1987) , New York and (in the 1960s) Florida;
  • 1985: sold at auction, Sotheby's, New York, 30 May 1985 (lot 132, repr.) and bought by the Graham Galleries, New York.
  • 1994: bought from a private collection by The Fine Art Society, London.


  • 1881: Venice Pastels, Fine Art Society, London, 1881 (cat. no. 42) as 'Little Canal, San Barnaba; flesh colour and grey'.
  • 1903: possibly 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, W. Marchant & Co., Goupil Gallery, London, 1903 (cat. no. 29) as 'Canal, Venice'.
  • 1905: Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 126) as 'Un canal. Venise'.

Last updated: 10th February 2021 by Margaret