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

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Sunset; blue and gold


  • 1881: sold to an unknown collector.
  • 1897: bought on 23 November 1897 from Goupil, London dealers (label, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, 5 Regent St.) by a private collector.
  • 1903: possibly with William Stephen Marchant (1868-1925) .
  • Date unknown: said to have been owned by Rudolph J. Taussig (1861-1922), Secretary of the Panama Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, of 1915.
  • Date unknown: with William Kingston Vickery (1851-1925) at W. K. Vickery, 236 Post Street, San Francisco dealers (label).
  • 1962: sold from a Californian private collection, at auction, Parke Bernet, New York, 18 April 1962 (lot 68) as 'Sunset in Blue and Gold'.
  • By 1978: owned by Charles Howard Vollum (1913-1986) and his wife Mrs Jean Vollum (d. 2007), Oregon.
  • 1984: bought from Coe Kerr, New York dealers, by the Ira and Nancy Koger collection, Savannah;
  • 1993: sold at auction, Sotheby's, New York, September 1993.
  • 1995: Spanierman Gallery, New York.

Further details are given in MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 814); this provenance has been revised.


  • 1881: probably Venice Pastels, Fine Art Society, London, 1881 (cat. no. 37) as 'Sunset; blue and gold'.
  • 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. 40) as 'Sunset, Venice'.

Last updated: 4th June 2021 by Margaret