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

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Rose and Silver: Portrait of Mrs Whibley


  • 1896: bought from Whistler by John James Cowan (1846-1936) , Edinburgh;
  • 1901: bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) , Detroit, in November;
  • 1919: bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art.

For further details see MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 1415).


  • 1896: 6th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1896 (cat. no. 19) as 'Rose and Silver – Portrait'.
  • 1901: The Water-Colour Art of the Nineteenth Century by one hundred painters held at the Fine Art Society's, London, 1901 (cat. no. 180) as 'Rose and Silver'.
  • 1904: Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 (cat. no. 103) as 'Portrait of Mrs.Whibley'.
  • 1905: Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 86) as 'Rose and Silver. Portrait of Mrs. Whibley'.

By the terms of Freer's will this work cannot be lent to any other venue.

Last updated: 5th March 2021 by Margaret