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

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Note in Blue and Opal


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


  • 1886: probably Winter Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886 (cat. no. 369) as 'Note in Blue and Opal'.

It is identified from a caricature by J. Bernard Partridge (1861-1945), published in Judy on 8 December 1886, and captioned "Catching the fl- (`I beg pardon') 'Got 'im!' "

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

Last updated: 8th December 2020 by Margaret