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

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Nocturne in grey and gold - Piccadilly


  • 1884: bought from Whistler by Jonathan Hogg (1847-1930) , Dublin;
  • 1930: bequeathed to the National Gallery of Ireland.


  • 1884: 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884 (cat. no. 9) as 'Nocturne in grey and gold – Piccadilly'.
  • 1884: Annual Exhibition of Sketches, Pictures & Photography: A Loan Collection of Pictures by Mr Whistler ..., Dublin Sketching Club, Dublin, 1884 (cat. no. 251) as 'Grey and Gold: Piccadilly'.
  • 1888: Exhibition of Paintings, British Dental Association, Dublin, 1888 (cat. no. 11) as 'Piccadilly'.
  • 1899: A Loan Collection of Modern Paintings, Leinster Hall, Dublin, 1899 (cat. no. 82a) as 'Piccadilly'.
  • 1904: Pictures presented to the City of Dublin to form the Nucleus of a Gallery of Modern Art, also pictures lent by the executors of the late James Staats Forbes and others, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 1904 (cat. no. 254) as 'Piccadilly'.

It received mixed but mostly favourable reviews in, for instance, the Standard, 19 May 1884; Daily News, 21 May 1884; Topical Times, 24 May 1884; and the Kensington News, 29 May 1884, and later that year, in the Dublin Daily Express, 1 December 1884; furthermore, the Irish Times, 22 August 1888, found it 'quite characteristic and astounding almost.'

Last updated: 9th March 2021 by Margaret