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

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Amsterdam in Winter

Provenance

  • 1884: possibly sold through Messrs Dowdeswell to Edward John Poole (b. ca 1848) , London. 1
  • 1898: possibly acquired by William Stephen Marchant (1868-1925) , London dealer.
  • 1900: bought from William Burrell (1861-1958) , Glasgow, by Agnew's, London dealers, 7 August 1900 (#3141);
  • 1903: sold on 26 January to John James Cowan (1846-1936) , Edinburgh;
  • 1904: bought from Cowan on 13 June through Marchant, London dealer, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) , Detroit;
  • 1919: bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art.

Further details are given in MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 877).

Exhibitions

  • 1884: possibly 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884 (cat. no. 49) as 'Nocturne, black and gold - Winter; Amsterdam'.
  • 1898: possibly Pictures, Drawings, Bronzes, Pottery, Antique Furniture, Decorative Metal Work, &c, Goupil Gallery, at Howard Gallery, Sheffield, 1898 (cat. no. 52) as 'Nocturne, Amsterdam'.
  • 1904: 78th Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 1904 (cat. no. 75) as 'Amsterdam in Winter'.
  • 1905: Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 120) as 'Nocturne. Amsterdam in Winter'.

This was not, as suggested in the 1995 catalogue, exhibited in 1883; see Snow [M.0877a].

By the terms of Freer's will, this work can not be lent to another venue.

Notes:

1: '49 or 58 Nocturne - black & gold } E. J. Poole Esq 2 Sussex Gardens, W', according to Messrs Dowdeswell, list sent to Whistler, [July 1885/1886], GUW #00867.

Last updated: 6th December 2020 by Margaret