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

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Sketch for 'La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine'

Catalogues Raisonnés

  • Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer, and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980 (cat. no. 49), plate 35, as "Sketch for 'La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine' ".

Authored by Whistler

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Catalogues 1855-1905


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  • Christie's, London, 13 November 1890 (lot 433) as 'The Princess'.

Journals 1855-1905

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Books on Whistler

  • Merrill, Linda, The Peacock Room. A Cultural Biography, New Haven and London, 1998, pp. 66-67, repr. fig. 1:24.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, p. 123.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins and Joseph, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 6th edition, revised, Philadelphia, 1920, p. 306.
  • Sickert, Bernhard, Whistler, London and New York, 1908, p. 18.
  • [Stubbs, Burns A.], The Whistler Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1951, p. 19.
  • Sutton, Denys, Nocturne: The Art of James McNeill Whistler, London, 1963, pp. 42, 48, 59.

Books, General

  • Ellis, David B., A Pre-Raphaelite Marriage: The Lives and Works of Marie Spartali Stillman and William James Stillman, Woodbridge (Antique Collectors Club), 2006, repr. pl. 7, p. 25.
  • Tomoko Sato, ‎Toshio Watanabe, Japan and Britain: An Aesthetic Dialogue 1850-1930, London (Lund Humphries in association with Barbican Art Gallery and the Setagaya Art Museum), p. 106.

Catalogues 1906-Present

  • Young, A. McLaren, James McNeill Whistler, Arts Council Gallery, London, and Knoedler Galleries, New York, 1960 (cat. no. 10).
  • Sweet, Frederick A., James McNeill Whistler, Art Institute of Chicago and Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, 1968 (cat. no. 8).
  • From Realism to Symbolism: Whistler and His World, Wildenstein, New York, and Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1971 (cat. no. 14).
  • Taynton, Carol (intro.), Whistler in New England Collections, [checklist], Boston, 1977 (no cat. number).
  • Andreeva, Galina, and Margaret F. MacDonald, Whistler and Russia, State Tretyakow Gallery, Moscow, 2006, pp. 32, 182 (cat. no. 1), repr. p. 32.
  • Calloway, Stephen, and Lynn Federle Orr (eds), The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2011, repr. pl. 81 (no catalogue number).

Journals 1906-Present

  • American Art News, 22 March 1919, p. 3, repr.
  • The Century, vol. 98, 1919, p. 218.
  • Sawyer, Charles H., Worcester Art Museum Annual, vol. 4, 1941, pp. 43, 47.


  • Worcester Art Museum website at


  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. no. 38) 'Sketch for "Princesse du pays de la porcelaine" '.


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Last updated: 4th June 2021 by Margaret