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

Home  > Catalogue > Exhibitions > ToTB-2004 (related works) > Search Display

Nocturne: Blue and Silver – Chelsea

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. 103) as 'Nocturne: Blue and Silver – Chelsea', repr. plate 106.

Authored by Whistler

  • Nocturnes, Marines & Chevalet Pieces, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892 (cat. no. 18).Reprinted in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd edition, London and New York, 1892, pp. 308-09.
  • Goupil Gallery and James McNeill Whistler, Nocturnes, Marines & Chevalet Pieces [portfolio of photographs published after the Goupil Gallery Exhibition, March-April 1892], London, 1892, repr. pl. 21.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • 5th Winter Exhibition of Cabinet Pictures in Oil, under the Management of the Committee of the Dudley Gallery, London, 1871 (cat. no. 265) as 'Harmony in Blue-Green – Moonlight'.
  • III Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1879 (cat. no. 192) as 'Nocturne in Blue-Green'.
  • Possibly Exposition Internationale de Peinture, Galerie George Petit, Paris, 1883 (cat. no. 5) as 'Nocturne en bleu et argent'.
  • Probably Exposition internationale de peinture et de sculpture, Société des XX, Brussels, 1884 (cat. no. 2) as 'Nocturne en bleu et argent, No. 1'.
  • Nocturnes, Marines & Chevalet Pieces, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892 (cat. no. 18) as 'Nocturne, Blue and Silver – Chelsea'.
  • Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, Regent Street, London, 1905 (cat. no. 31) as 'Nocturne, Blue and Green'.
  • Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 72) as 'Nocturne en bleu et vert. – (Nocturne in Blue and Green.)'.

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • Anon., 'The Dudley Gallery', The Examiner, London, 28 October 1871, pp. 11-12.
  • Anon., 'Fine Arts. Oil Pictures at the Dudley Gallery', Illustrated London News, London, 28 October 1871.
  • Anon., 'Winter Exhibition of Cabinet Pictures', Morning Advertiser, London, 10 November 1871, pp. 2-3.
  • Anon., [Tom Taylor], 'Dudley Gallery. – Cabinet Pictures in Oil', The Times, London, 14 November 1871, p. 4.
  • Anon., 'The Grosvenor Gallery', Freeman's Journal, London, 8 May 1879, p. 6.
  • Anon., 'A Gaiety in Gilt, and three Noctoffs in a Twinkle. Connie soit qui mal y pense', The Mask, London, vol. 2, 17 May 1879, caricature repr. p. 4.
  • Anon., 'London Day by Day', Daily Telegraph and Courier, London, 19 March 1892, p. 5.
  • Anon., 'Mr. Whistler's Paintings', London Evening Standard, London, 21 March 1892, p. 3.
  • 'Lady's London Letter', Cheltenham Examiner, 6 April 1892, p. 2.

Journals 1855-1905

  • 'Fine Arts, Winter Exhibition of Cabinet Pictures in Oil,' The Athenaeum, 28 October 1871, p. 565.
  • Duret, Théodore, 'James Whistler', Gazette des beaux-arts, vol. 23, April 1881, pp. 365-69, at pp. 367-68.
  • La Libre Revue, 29 February 1884, p. 254.
  • Sickert, Walter Richard, 'Whistler To-day', The Fortnightly Review, vol. 57, new series, vol. 51, April 1892, pp. 543-47, at p. 547.
  • Anon., ‘Дж. УистлерЪ [Dzh. Uistler]’, Мир искусства [Mir Iskusstva, 'World of Art'], vol. 9, 1903, pp. 61-68, repr. p. 66.


  • None.

Books on Whistler

  • Cary, Elizabeth Luther, The Works of James McNeill Whistler: A Study, with a Tentative List of Artist’s Works, New York, 1907 (cat. nos. 216, 387).
  • Merrill, Linda, A Pot of Paint: Aesthetics on Trial in 'Whistler v. Ruskin', Washington and London, 1992, pp. 30-31, 85.
  • Petri, Grischka, Arrangement in Business: The Art Markets and the Career of James McNeill Whistler, Hildesheim, 2011, pp. 161, 164, 186, 227, 657.
  • Robins, Anna Gruetzner, A Fragile Modernism. Whistler and his Impressionist Followers, London and New Haven, 2007, pp. 19-20, repr. p. 20.
  • Sickert, Bernhard, Whistler, London and New York, 1908, p. 146 (cat. nos. 71, 73).
  • Spencer, Robin, Whistler, New York, 1990
  • Spencer, Robin (ed.), Whistler: A Retrospective, New York, 1989, pp. 101-02, 115, 279.

Books, General

  • Corbett, David Peters, The World in Paint: Modern Art and Visuality in England, 1848-1914, 2004, p. 118, repr. fig. 41.
  • Prettejohn, Elizabeth, Art for Art’s Sake: Aestheticism in Victorian Painting, New Haven and London, 2007, pp. 169, 172-75.

Catalogues 1906-Present

  • Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1910 (cat. no. 25).
  • Loan Collection of Works by James McNeill Whistler, Tate Gallery, London, 1912 (cat. no. 21).
  • New English Art Club Retrospective, Spring Gardens Galleries, London, 1925 (cat. no. 149).
  • Exhibition, Glasgow and Huddersfield, 1946.
  • Masters of British Painting, New York, St Louis and San Francisco, 1956-1957 (cat. no. 118).
  • Young, A. McLaren, James McNeill Whistler, Arts Council Gallery, London, and Knoedler Galleries, New York, 1960 (cat. no. 26).
  • Dorment, Richard, and Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler, Tate Gallery, London, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1994-1995 (cat. no. 46), repr p. 123.
  • Wilton, Andrew, and Robert Upstone (eds), The Age of Rossetti, Burne-Jones and Watts: Symbolism in Britain 1860-1910, Tate Gallery, London, 1997 (cat. no. 79), repr. p. 207.
  • Merrill, Linda, et al., After Whistler: The Artist and His Influence on American Painting, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 2003, pp. 68-69, 106, repr. fig. 59 (not exhibited).
  • Lochnan, Katharine, Turner, Whistler, Monet, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; Tate Britain, London, 2004-2005 (cat. no. 43), repr. p. 149.
  • Andreeva, Galina, and Margaret F. MacDonald, Whistler and Russia, State Tretyakow Gallery, Moscow, 2006, pp. 108, 182-82 (cat. no. 7), repr. p. 108.
  • Simpson, Marc, 'Whistler, Modernism, and the Creative Afflatus', in Simpson, Marc, Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Art of Painting Softly, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA, 2008, pp. 24-51, at 29-31, repr. p. 30.
  • Calloway, Stephen, and Lynn Federle Orr (eds), The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2011 (no catalogue number).
  • MacDonald, Margaret, and Patricia de Montfort, An American in London: Whistler and the Thames, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Addison Gallery of American Art, Freer Gallery of Art, 2013-2014, pp. 27, 32, repr. (not in exhibition).

Journals 1906-Present

  • Abbott, K. (ed.) and Whistler, Anna McNeill, 'The Lady of the Portrait, Letters of Whistler’s Mother', Atlantic Monthly, vol. 136, 1925, pp. 310-28, p. 327.


  • Frances Fowle, 2000, Tate Britain website at


  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. no. 71) 'Nocturne – bleu et vert / Nocturne, blue and green / Nocturne, blue and silver, Chelsea'.


  • Siewert, John, 'Whistler’s Nocturnes and the Aesthetic Subject', PhD thesis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1994,

Last updated: 8th June 2021 by Margaret