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

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Courtyard on Canal; grey and red


  • 1903: sold by Walter Greaves (1846-1930) , London, to William Stephen Marchant (1868-1925) , London art dealer;
  • 1904/1905: bought by Richard Albert Canfield (1855-1914), Providence, RI;
  • 1914: bought by Knoedler's, New York dealers, on 12 March, and sold on 30 April to Harris Whittemore (1864-1927) , Naugatuck, CT;
  • 1927: on his death, passed to the J. H. Whittemore Company;
  • 1948: sold at auction, estate of the late Harris Whittemore, Parke-Bernet, New York, 19 May 1948 (lot 10, repr.) and bought by two New York dealers, Knoedler and C. Carstairs;
  • 1948: sold in October to John Lionberger Davis (1878-1973), St Louis;
  • 1957: given to the St Louis Art Museum.

For further details see MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 790).


  • 1881: Venice Pastels, Fine Art Society, London, 1881 (cat. no. 11) as 'Courtyard on Canal; grey and red'.
  • 1903-1904: 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, W. Marchant & Co., Goupil Gallery, London, 1903 (cat. no. 191) and 1904 (cat. no. 21).
  • 1905: Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 166).

It was at some date unknown with a frame-maker, B. Pénaud, frame-maker, 4 rue Favart (label) in Paris, France: this may mean that it was exhibited in France in Whistler's lifetime.

Last updated: 10th February 2021 by Margaret