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

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Nocturne: Westminster – Grey and Gold

Titles

Wildly varied suggested titles include:

  • 'Nocturne – Gris et Or' (1892/1901, label). 1
  • Possibly 'Nocturne – Blue and Gold' (1898, Goupil). 2 .
  • 'Nocturne' (1899, A Loan Collection of Modern Paintings, Dublin). 3
  • 'Nocturne, Westminster. Grey and Gold' (1905, Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Paris). 4
  • 'Nocturne: Westminster – Grey and Gold' (1980, YMSM). 5
  • 'Nocturne' (2018, Mississippi Museum of Art). 6

'Nocturne: Westminster – Grey and Gold' is the preferred title.

Description


                    Nocturne: Westminster –  Grey and Gold, photograph, 1960s
Nocturne: Westminster – Grey and Gold, photograph, 1960s

                    Nocturne: Westminster – Grey and Gold, photograph, 1960s
Nocturne: Westminster – Grey and Gold, photograph, 1960s

A night scene showing a broad river, in horizontal format. The banks of the river recede – slightly to right of centre – into the distance. A few lights, and, at left, the lit clock-faces of a clock-tower, are reflected in the water.

Site

The title given to this painting in 1905 suggests that it was identified as a view of the clock tower of Westminster but the details are not sufficiently clear to confirm this identification.

Notes:

1: Label on the verso, 'Nocturne - Gris et Or / 17022 / McNeill Whistler / Paris / 110 Rue de Bac'.

2: A Collection of Selected Works by Painters of the English, French & Dutch Schools, Goupil Gallery, London, 1898 (cat. no. 25).

3: A Loan Collection of Modern Paintings, Leinster Hall, Dublin, 1899 (cat. no. 80).

4: Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 74).

5: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 144).

6: Website at http://collection.msmuseumart.org.

Last updated: 17th November 2020 by Margaret