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

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r.: Note in Grey and Green - Holland; v.: Beach scene with washing hung out to dry


  • 1903: in Whistler's studio at his death in 1903 and bequeathed to his sister-in-law Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) ;
  • 1935: given to the University of Glasgow.


  • 1889: “Notes” – “Harmonies” – “Nocturnes”, H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1889 (cat. no. 43) as 'Grey and Green – Holland'.
  • 1905: Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 115) as 'A Note in Grey and Green. Holland'.

It was priced at a modest 20 guineas in 1889, but remained unsold, and was returned to Whistler after the exhibition by Wunderlich's on the SS Servia. 1

Due to the terms of Miss Birnie Philip's Gift, this work cannot be lent to another venue.


1: G. Dieterlen, H. Wunderlich & Co., to Whistler, 1 November 1889, GUW #07187.

Last updated: 5th June 2021 by Margaret