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

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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. 50), plate 34, as 'La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine'.

Authored by Whistler

  • Whistler, James McNeill, Harmony in Blue and Gold. The Peacock Room, London, 1877.

Catalogues 1855-1905

EXHIBITIONS:

  • 83rd exhibition, Salon de 1865, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1865 (cat. no. 2220) as 'La Princesse du Pays de la Porcelaine'.
  • London International Exhibition of 1872, the Second of a Series Held under the Direction of Her Majesty’s Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851, London, [in the building for the Exhibition of 1862], 1872 (cat. no. 261) as 'The Princess, Variations in Flesh Colour, Gray, and Blue'.
  • Second Annual Exhibition of Modern Pictures in Oil and Water Colour, Royal Pavilion Gallery, Brighton, 1875 (cat. no. 156) as 'Arrangement in flesh colour and gray – La Princesse des pays de la Porcelaine'.
  • 2nd exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1892 (cat. no. 113) as 'Harmony in Flesh Colour and Grey, La Princesse des Pays de la Porcelaine (Portrait de Miss S . . .)'.
  • World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893 (cat. no. 1100) as 'The Princess of the Land of Porcelain'.
  • Sixty-third Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1893 (cat. no. 32) as 'The Princess of the Land of Porcelain'.
  • Thirty-fifth Exhibition of Works of Modern Artists, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Glasgow, 1896 (cat. no. 129).
  • Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, Knightsbridge, London, 1898 (cat. no. 180) as 'Rose and Silver: La Princesse du Pays de la Porcelaine'.
  • III Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia, Venice, 1899 (cat. no. 58).
  • International Exhibition, Glasgow Art Galleries, Glasgow, 1901 (cat. no. 505) as 'The [sic] Princesse du Pays de la Porcelaine'.
  • 77th Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 1903 (cat. no. 292) as 'La Princesse du Pays de la Porcelaine'.
  • Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 (cat. no. 32) as 'Rose and silver – La Princesse du Pays de la Porcelaine'.
  • Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 9) as 'Rose and silver: La Princesse du Pays de la Porcelaine'.

SALE:

  • Christie's, London, 28 May 1892 (lot 39).
  • 49 Princes Gate, Osborn & Mercer, London, 17 June 1892, repr. hanging in the Peacock Room, f.p. 8.

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • Gautier, Théophile, fils, 'Salon de 1865 1er article,' Le Monde Illustré, Paris, 6 May 1865, p. 283.
  • Claretie, Jules, 'Deux Heures au Salon,' L'Artiste, Paris, 15 May 1865, pp. 224-29.
  • Chesneau, Ernest, 'Beaux Arts: Salon de 1865: III: Les excentriques,' Le Constitutionnel, Paris, 16 May 1865, p. 2.
  • Saint-Victor, Paul de, 'Salon de 1865: Quatrième Article (1),' La Presse, Paris, 28 May 1865, p. 3.
  • Mantz, Paul, 'Salon de 1865 Suite', Gazette des beaux-arts, Paris, 1 July 1865, p. 7.
  • Anon., 'The International Exhibition of 1872', Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Sheffield, 30 April 1872, p. 7.
  • Anon., 'The International Exhibition', The Times, London, 14 May 1872, p. 6.
  • Anon., 'The Brighton Exhibition of Paintings', London Evening Standard, London, 11 September 1875, p. 3.
  • Anon., 'American Artists in London, What they have done for Philadelphia', New York Herald, New York, 10 April 1876, p. 5.
  • Anon., 'Society of British Artists', Tablet, London, 23 April 1887, pp. 21-22.
  • Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Porcelain Princess', Glasgow Evening Post, 8 June 1892, p. 3.

Journals 1855-1905

  • Thoré, Théophile, review, 1865, in Salons de W. Bürger 1861 à 1868, Paris, 1870, p. 201.
  • Duret, Théodore, 'James Whistler', Gazette des beaux-arts, vol. 23, April 1881, pp. 365-69, at p. 365.
  • Prinsep, Val C., 'A Collector's Correspondence', The Art Journal, August 1892, pp. 249-252, at p. 252.
  • Carter, A. C. R., 'The Art Sales of 1892', Art Journal, September 1892, pp. 283-87, at p. 285.
  • Dartmouth, Thomas, 'International Art at Knightsbridge', The Art Journal, August 1898, pp. 249-53, at pp. 249-50, repr. p. 251.
  • 'In Memoriam: James A. McNeill Whistler', Lotus, vol. 1, no. 1, December 1903, pp. 7, 9.
  • Hadley, Frank A., 'Whistler, the man as told in anecdote', Brush and Pencil, Chicago, August 1903, vol. 12, no. 5, repr. p. 345.
  • Sickert, Oswald, ‘The Oil Paintings of James McNeill Whistler’, The Studio, vol. 30, October 1903, pp. 3-10, repr. p. 2.
  • Bénédite, Léonce, 'Artistes Contemporains: Whistler', Gazette des beaux-arts, vol. 33, 1905, pp. 403-10, 496-511; vol. 34, 1905, pp. 142-58, 231-46, in vol. 34 at p. 148.
  • Kessler, Harry Graf, 'Whistler', Kunst und Künstler: Illustrierte Monatsschrift für Kunst und Kunstgewerbe, vol. 3, August 1905, pp. 445-66, at p. 458.

Monographs

  • Merrill, Linda and Sarah Ridley, The Princess and the Peacocks Or, the Story of the Room, Westport, 1993.

Books on Whistler

BOOKS 1901-1905:

  • Bowdoin, William Goodrich, James McNeill Whistler; the Man and his Work, New York and London, 1901, repr. pl. 3.
  • Dewhurst, H., Impressionist Painting, London, 1904, repr. f.p. 91.
  • Eddy, Arthur Jerome, Recollections and Impressions of James A. McNeill Whistler, Philadelphia and London, 1903, pp. 58, 128, 130, 210.
  • Gallatin, Albert Eugene, Whistler's Art Dicta and Other Essays, Boston, 1904, pp. 39, 41.
  • Singer, Hans Wolfgang, James Mc.N. [sic] Whistler, Die Kunst, Berlin, vol. 19, 1905 , repr. between pp. 26-7.
  • Way, Thomas Robert, and G. R. Dennis, The Art of James McNeill Whistler: An Appreciation, 1st edition, London, 1903, repr. f.p. 32.

BOOKS 1906-PRESENT:

  • Cary, Elizabeth Luther, The Works of James McNeill Whistler: A Study, with a Tentative List of Artist’s Works, New York, 1907, p. 160 (cat. no. 32).
  • Curry, David Park, James McNeill Whistler: Uneasy Pieces, New York, 2004, pp. 14, 114, 154-55, 237, 254, 403 n.17, repr. pp. 154, frame p. 254.
  • Duret, Théodore, trans. by Frank Rutter, Whistler, English edition, London, 1917, p. 27.
  • Fleming, Gordon, The Young Whistler 1834-66, London, Boston, Sydney, 1978, pp. 218-19.
  • Gallatin, Albert Eugene, Whistler, Notes and Footnotes, and other Memoranda, New York and London, 1907, pp. 31, 33.
  • Glazer, Lee, Emily Jacobsen, Blyth McCarthy, and Katherine Roeder, Whistler in Watercolor. Lovely Little Games, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2019, p. 185, repr. p. 186.
  • Lane, James W., Whistler, (American Artists Series), New York, 1942, repr. p. 103.
  • Laver, James, Whistler, London, 1930, pp. 107-08.
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., Susan Galassi, Aileen Ribeiro, and Patricia de Montfort, Whistler, Women and Fashion, New Haven and London, 2003, pp. 53, 61-64, 95, repr. fig. 61.
  • Mauclair, Camille, De Watteau à Whistler, Paris, 1905, p. 314.
  • Merrill, Linda, The Peacock Room. A Cultural Biography, New Haven and London, 1998, pp. 14-15, 43, 149, 210-11, 300, 336, fig.1.1.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, pp. 122-25, 130, 157, 203-04.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 5th (revised) edition, London and Philadelphia, 1911, p. 87.
  • Petri, Grischka, Arrangement in Business: The Art Markets and the Career of James McNeill Whistler, Hildesheim, 2011, 73, 82, 87-88, 91, 94, 97, 101, 118, 138, 209, 215, 224, 410, 515, 538-39, 563-64, 618-19, 622, 641.
  • Pousette-Dart, Nathaniel, (ed.), James McNeill Whistler,(with introduction by Joseph & Elizabeth Robins Pennell), New York, 1924, repr. pl. 5.
  • Sickert, Bernhard, Whistler, London and New York, 1908 (cat. no. 18).
  • Spencer, Robin, Whistler, New York, 1990, pp. 64-65.
  • Sutherland, Daniel E., Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake, New Haven and London, 2014, pp. 84, 88, 90-91, 100, 123, 127, 129, 139-40, 261-62, 265, 309.
  • Sutton, Denys, Nocturne: The Art of James McNeill Whistler, London, 1963, p. 124.
  • Sutton, Denys, James McNeill Whistler: Paintings, Etchings, Pastels and Watercolours, London, 1966, pl. 26.
  • Way, Thomas Robert, Memories of James McNeill Whistler, the Artist, London and New York, 1912, p. 35.

Books, General

  • Auvray, Louis, Le Salon de 1865, Paris, 1865.
  • Berger, Klaus, Japonisme in Western Painting from Whistler to Matisse, (trans. David Britt, Cambridge, 1992), pp. 33-47.
  • Du Maurier, Daphne, (ed.), The Young George du Maurier: A Selection of his Letters, 1860-67, London, 1951, p. 244.
  • Fried, Michael, Manet's Modernism, or, The Face of Painting in the 1860s, Chicago, 1996, p. 229.
  • Gallet, Louis, Le Salon de 1865, Peinture, Sculpture, Paris, 1865, p. 28.
  • Honour, Hugh, Chinoiserie: the vision of Cathay, London, 1961, fig. 143.
  • Jiminez, Jill Berk (ed.), Dictionary of Artists' Models, London & Chicago, 2001, p. 510.
  • Morris, Harrison S., Confessions in Art, New York, 1930, pp. 17-18, 45-46.
  • Ono, Ayako, Japonisme in Britain: Whistler, Menpes, Henry, Hornel and nineteenth-century Japan, London, 2003, chap. 2.
  • Rossetti, William Michael (ed.), Rossetti Papers, 1862-1870, London, 1903, p. 105.
  • Watanabe, Toshio, High Victorian Japonisme, Berne and New York, 1991, pp. 216, 236, 238, 240, 286.

Catalogues 1906-Present

COLLECTION:

  • Stubbs, Burns A., Paintings, Pastels, Drawings, Prints and Copper Plates by and attributed to American and European Artists, together with a List of Original Whistleriana in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1948. p. 12 (03.91).
  • [Stubbs, Burns A.], The Whistler Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1951, pp. 19-22.
  • Curry, David Park, James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art, New York and London, 1984, pp. 105, 291, pl. 5.

EXHIBITION:

  • Whistler: Arrangements in Grey and Black, Glasgow Art Gallery, Glasgow, 1951, p. 7 (not exhibited).
  • Merrill, Linda, et al., After Whistler: The Artist and His Influence on American Painting, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 2003, pp. 22, 55, 92, 102, 160, 182, 232, 240, repr. fig. 13 (not exhibited).
  • Andreeva, Galina, and Margaret F. MacDonald, Whistler and Russia, State Tretyakow Gallery, Moscow, 2006, repr. p. 15 (not in exhibition).
  • Darren Waterston, Filthy Lucre, Sackler Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, 2015-2016.

SALES:

  • Mercer, 17 June 1892, p. 8, repr. of the Peacock Room, f.p. 8.
  • Osborn and Carter, auction cat., London, 1892, p. 285.
  • Obach & Co., The Peacock Room, London, [1904], repr. pl. 10.

Journals 1906-Present

  • Dreyfus, Albert, 'James Abbott MacNeill Whistler', Die Kunst für Alle, 1907, vol. 22, pp. 201-16, at p. 213.
  • Ferriday, Peter, 'The Peacock Room', Architectural Review, vol. 125, 1959, pp. 407-14, at pp. 408-09.
  • Francis, Henry S., 'An Exhibition of J. M. Whistler', Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, vol. 20, November 1933, pp. 138-40, at p. 140, pastel repr. p. 138.
  • Horowitz, Ira M., 'Whistler's Frames', The Art Journal, vol. 39, Winter 1979-80, pp. 124-31.
  • Ionides, Luke, 'Memories: Whistler in the Quartier Latin', Transatlantic Review, vol. 1, January 1924, pp. 37-52, at p. 47.
  • Lancaster, Clay, 'Oriental contributions to Art Nouveau', Art Bulletin, New York, 1952, vol. 34, no. 4, p. 300.
  • McDowell, Mardell, 'Oriental Influences in western Art', American Artist, March 1959, vol. 23, no. 3, p. 36.
  • Merrill, Linda, 'Whistler’s Peacock Room Revisited', Magazine Antiques, New York, vol. 143, June 1993, pp. 894-901.
  • Merrill, Linda, 'Whistler and the “Lange Lijzen” ', The Burlington Magazine, vol. 136, October 1994, pp. 683-90.
  • National Geographic Magazine, Washington, DC, June 1923, vol. 43, no. 6, p. 631, repr. pl. 15.
  • Sandberg, John, ' “Japonisme” and Whistler', The Burlington Magazine, vol. 106, November 1964, pp. 500-07, at p. 504.
  • Tsui, Aileen, 'Whistler's La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine: Painting Re-Oriented', Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide, vol. 9, no. 2, Autumn 2010, online.

Websites

  • FreerGallery of Art, 2019 website at https://asia.si.edu/object/F1903.91a-b.
  • 'Whistler: Japanese Style', Freer Gallery of Art, 2017, website at https://asia.si.edu.
  • Peacock Room Remix: Darren Waterston's Filthy Lucre, Freer Gallery of Art, 2015-2016, website.
  • Filthy Lucre: Whistler's Peacock Room Reimagined, Victoria and Albert Museum website, 2020, at https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/filthy-lucre.

Unpublished

  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. no. 37) 'Rose and silver: The Princess from the land of porcelain. / Variations in flesh-colour, blue and grey'.

Other

  • Goebel, Catherine Carter, Arrangement in Black and White: The Making of a Whistler Legend, PhD thesis, Northwestern University, 1988, Appendix 6.A, pp. 721–27.
  • Older, Caroline D., American Artists' Frames: Paintings, Environments, and Viewers, 1860--1920, PhD thesis, University of California, 2007.
  • Parkerson, Sarah Lawrence, Variations in Gold: The Stylistic Development of the Picture Frames used by James McNeill Whistlers, PhD thesis, University of Glasgow, 2007.

Last updated: 22nd December 2020 by Margaret