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

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The Japanese Parasol


  • Date unknown: said (by Graves) to have been owned by Charles William Deschamps (1848-1908) .
  • ca 1891: with Henry Graves (1806-1892) and Algernon Graves (1845-1922) , London publishers and art dealers;
  • 1894: sold at auction, Christie's, London, 21 July 1894 (lot 129) as 'The Japanese Parasol' and probably bought by Alexander Reid (1854-1928) , Glasgow art dealer.
  • Date unknown: acquired by Dugald M'Corkindale (d. 1903);1903: after his death, sold at auction, Morrison, Dick and M'Culloch, Glasgow, 6-7 November 1903 (lot 113) as 'Study - Chinese Lady'.

There are several variations on this possible provenance. See, for instance, A Japanese girl [M.1230]. For alternative possibilities and further details see MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 1228).


  • 1891: Possibly [Exhibition], Messrs Graves, London, 1891.

The Pall Mall Gazette, 22 April 1891, described the exhibits as `two excellent pastels'. 1


1: Press-cutting in Glasgow University Library, Whistler PC10, p. 41.

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