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

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Arrangement in Black, No. 3: Sir Henry Irving as Philip II of Spain

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. 187), plates 128, 407-08, as 'Arrangement in Black, No. 3: Sir Henry Irving as Philip II of Spain'.
  • Margaret F. MacDonald, Grischka Petri, Meg Hausberg, and Joanna Meacock, James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné, University of Glasgow, 2012, website at http://etchings.arts.gla.ac.uk (G.158-59).

Authored by Whistler

  • Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London, 1890, p. 6.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • I Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877 (cat. no. 7 in West Gallery) as 'Arrangement in Black No. 3. Irving as Philip II of Spain'.
  • Retrospective Exhibition, College for Working Men and Women, London, 1889 (no catalogue).
  • Dramatic and Musical Art, Grafton Galleries, London, 1897 (cat. no. 137) as 'Sir Henry Irving as Philip'.
  • A Loan Collection of Modern Paintings, Leinster Hall, Dublin, 1899 (cat. no. 78) as 'Portrait of Sir Henry Irving as Philip II'.
  • 78th Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 1904 (cat. no. 252).
  • City of Bradford Exhibition, Bradford, 1904 (ex. cat.).
  • 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. 27) as 'Portrait of Sir Henry Irving as Philip of Spain', and in the deluxe edition as 'Arrangement in Black, No. 3: Portrait of Sir Henry Irving as Philip II. of Spain'.

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • Anon., 'The Grosvenor Gallery', The Times, London, 1 May 1877, p. 10.
  • Anon., 'The Grosvenor Gallery', Morning Post, London, 1 May 1877, p. 6.
  • Anon., 'The Grosvenor Gallery', London Daily News, London, 2 May 1877, p. 6.
  • Anon., [Grosvenor Gallery], Tablet, London, 12 May 1877, p. 10.
  • Taylor, Tom, 'The Grosvenor Gallery', The Graphic, London, 12 May 1877.
  • Anon., 'The Grosvenor Gallery', The Era, London, 13 May 1877, p. 4.
  • Anon., [Grosvenor Gallery], Truth, London, 17 May 1877, p. 6.
  • Anon., 'The Royal Academy', London Evening Standard, London, 4 May 1878, pp. 5-6.
  • Anon., 'Action for Libel against Mr. Ruskin', London Evening Standard, London, 26 November 1878, p. 2.
  • Anon., 'Mr Whistler and Mr Ruskin', Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, Leeds, 26 November 1878, p. 8.
  • Anon., 'Mr Whistler and Mr Ruskin', Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, London, 1 December 1878, p. 8.
  • Anon., 'Action for Libel', Reynold's Newspaper, London, 1 December 1878, p. 3.
  • Anon., 'A Whistler Exhibition', Morning Post, London, 2 May 1889, p. 5.
  • Anon., 'An Exhibition of Mr. Whistler's Pictures', St James's Gazette, London, 2 May 1889, p. 13.
  • Anon., ['G. T.'], 'A Whistler Exhibition', Pall Mall Gazette, London, 11 May 1889, p. 7.
  • Anon., 'The Whistler Exhibition', Evening News, London, 14 May 1889, p. 3.
  • Anon., 'Sir H. Irving's Relics', London Evening Standard, London, 7 December 1905, p. 9.
  • Anon., 'The Irving Collection', Globe, London, 16 December 1905, p. 7.
  • Anon., The Observer, London, 17 December 1905.
  • Anon., 'Scene at the Irving Sale', London Evening Standard, London, 18 December 1905, p. 9.
  • Anon., Daily Express, London, 18 December 1905.
  • Anon., Daily Mail, London, 18 December 1905.
  • Anon., '4,800gs. for a Whistler. "Irving" Portrait to go to America,' Daily Telegraph and Courier, London, 18 December 1905, p. 7.
  • Anon., 'American takes Whistler's Portrait of Irving', Western Times, 19 December 1905, p. 6.

NOTE: There was huge coverage of the Irving auction, and the references above are a small selection of these. See Luhrs, Kathleen (ed.), American paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 2, pp. 378-385, and the website of the https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk.

Journals 1855-1905

  • James, Henry, 'The Grosvenor Gallery and the Royal Academy', The Nation, vol. 24, 31 May 1877, pp. 320-21.
  • Wilde, Oscar, 'The Grosvenor Gallery', Dublin University Magazine, vol. 90, no. 535, July 1877, pp. 118-26, at p. 124.
  • Wedmore, Frederick, 'Mr Whistler's Theories and Mr Whistler's Art', The Nineteenth Century, vol. 6, no. 30, August 1879, pp. 334-43, at p. 338.
  • Sickert, W. R., 'Pictures of Actors', The Speaker, 29 May 1897.
  • James, Henry, 'London, June 1st 1897', Harper's Weekly, vol. 41, 26 June 1897, pp. 639-40, at p. 640.
  • Anon., 'London Exhibitions', The Art Journal, July 1897, pp. 223-24, repr. p. 223.
  • Purser, S. H., [review of Dublin exhibition], Art Journal, London, May 1899, p. 156.
  • Graves, Algernon, 'James Abbott McNeill Whistler', Printseller and Print Collector, vol. 1, August 1903, pp. 341-45, at p. 341.
  • 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, p. 244.
  • Blanche, Jacques-Émile, 'James McNeill Whistler', Renaissance Latine, vol. 4, no. 6, 15 June 1905, pp. 353-78, at p. 358.
  • Sketch, 20 December 1905, p. 308.
  • Art Journal, February 1906, p. 1.

Monographs

  • 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, pp. 83, 214 (cat. no. 384).
  • Curry, David Park, James McNeill Whistler: Uneasy Pieces, New York, 2004, pp. 60-61, 162.
  • Duret, Théodore, Histoire de J. McN. Whistler et de son oeuvre, Paris, 1904, repr. p. 63 in an early state.
  • Eddy, Arthur Jerome, Recollections and Impressions of James A. McNeill Whistler, Philadelphia and London, 1903, p. 119.
  • Laver, James, Whistler, 2nd edition, London, 1951, p. 160.
  • Mansfield, Howard, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Dry-Points of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Chicago, 1909, pp. xxiv, xxx, xxxiii, pp. 105-06 (drypoint, cat. nos. 167-68).
  • Menpes, Mortimer, Whistler as I Knew Him, London, 1904, pp. 75-76.
  • Merrill, Linda, A Pot of Paint: Aesthetics on Trial in 'Whistler v. Ruskin', Washington and London, 1992, pp. 38-39, 127, 140, 143, 146, 152, 224-25.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, pp. 199-200, 211-12, 228, 234, 296-97, 308, repr. f.p. 288.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 5th (revised) edition, London and Philadelphia, 1911, p. 144.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Whistler Journal, Philadelphia, 1921, repr. f.p. 150.
  • Petri, Grischka, Arrangement in Business: The Art Markets and the Career of James McNeill Whistler, Hildesheim, 2011, pp. 172-73, 235, 250, 267, 278, 334.
  • Rutter, Frank Francis Vane Phipson, James McNeill Whistler: an Estimate and a Biography, London, 1911, pp. 61, 70, 80-81, 109.
  • Sickert, Bernhard, Whistler, London and New York, 1908, pp. 20, 23, 104 (cat. no. 50).
  • Sutherland, Daniel E., Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake, New Haven and London, 2014, p. 144.
  • Sutton, Denys, Nocturne: The Art of James McNeill Whistler, London, 1963, p. 78.
  • Sutton, Denys, James McNeill Whistler: Paintings, Etchings, Pastels and Watercolours, London, 1966, pp. 17, 192.
  • Taylor, Hilary, James McNeill Whistler, London, 1978, pp. 95, 97, 127, 183.
  • Way, Thomas Robert, and G. R. Dennis, The Art of James McNeill Whistler: An Appreciation, 1st edition, London, 1903, p. 10.

Books, General

  • Irving, Sir Henry, The Drama : Addresses by Sir Henry Irving, New York, 1892, and London, 1893, repr. frontisp.
  • Irving, Lawrence, Henry Irving: the Actor and his World, London, 1951, pp. 274, 337, 511, repr. f.p. 224.
  • Ludovici, Anthony, An Artist's Life in London and Paris 1870-1925, New York, 1926, pp. 90-91.
  • Meier-Grafe, Julius, Modern Art, trans. F. Simmonds & G. W. Chrystal, 2 vols., London & New York, 1908, pp. 222-23.
  • Robins, Anna Gruetzner (ed.), Walter Sickert: the Complete Writings on Art, Oxford, 2000, p. 173.
  • Roof, Katherine Metcalf, The Life and Art of William Merritt Chase, New York, 1917, pp. 142-44.
  • Rouart, Denis & Wildenstein, Daniel, Edouard Manet. Catalogue Raisonné, 2 vols., Geneva &: Paris, 1975 (paintings by Manet, 106, 256-57).
  • Stoker, Bram, Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving, 2 vols., London, 1906, vol. 1, pp. 151-52.
  • Sweeney, J. L. (ed.), The Painter's Eye: Notes and Essays on the Pictorial Arts by Henry James, London, 1956, pp. 25-26, 258-59.

Catalogues 1906-Present

COLLECTION:

  • Luhrs, Kathleen (ed.), American paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 2, pp. 378-385.
  • Spassky, Natalie, with Linda Bantel, Doreen Bolger Burke, Meg Perlman, and Amy L. Walsh, American Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 2, A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1816 and 1845, 1985, pp. 379-80, repr. p. 380.

EXHIBITION

  • 76th Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1907 (cat. no. 328) as 'Portrait: Sir Henry Irving'.
  • Blakeslee Galleries, New York, 1909.
  • Paintings in oil and pastel by James McNeill Whistler, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1910 (ex catalogue).
  • Survey of American Painting, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 1940 (cat. no. 140).
  • Stars of Yesterday and Today, Wildenstein & Co., New York, 1944 (cat. no. 48).
  • 100 Years of American Painting, Utah Centennial Exposition, Salt Lake City, 1947 (cat. no. 16).
  • Portrait Panorama, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 1947 (cat. no. 13).
  • White, Nelson C., James McNeill Whistler Seventeenth Anniversary Exhibition, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT, 1949 (cat. no. 21).
  • Fourteen American Masters, Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1958-1959 (no catalogue).
  • Young, A. McLaren, James McNeill Whistler, Arts Council Gallery, London, and Knoedler Galleries, New York, 1960 (cat. no. 38) as 'Arrangement in Black, No.3: Sir Henry Irving in the character of Philip II of Spain in Tennyson's "Queen Mary" '.
  • Three Centuries of American Painting, Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1965 (no catalogue number).
  • Getscher, Robert, The Stamp of Whistler, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, 1977, p. 38 (cat. no. 14) (not exhibited).
  • Tinterow, Gary, and Geneviève Lacambre, Manet/Velázquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting, New Haven and London, 2003 (cat. 223); Weinberg, H. Barbara, "American Artists' Taste for Spanish Painting", at pp. 269-71, repr. fig. 10.9.
  • Andreeva, Galina, and Margaret F. MacDonald, Whistler and Russia, State Tretyakow Gallery, Moscow, 2006, pp. 97, 183 (cat. no. 15), repr. p. 97.
  • Ono, Ayako (ed.), ホイッスラー展. James McNeill Whistler Retrospective, Tokyo, 2014 (cat. no. 21) repr.

Journals 1906-Present

  • Anon., American Art News, vol. 4, no. 32, 16 June 1906, p. 1.
  • Anon., ‘Two Portraits by Whistler’, Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, vol. 5, June 1910, p. 152, repr., as 'Arrangement in Black'.
  • Baury, Louis, 'The Story of the Tile Club', Bookman, vol. 35, 1912, p. 389.
  • Hobbs, Susan, 'A Connoisseur's Vision: The American Collection of Charles Lang Freer', American Art Review, vol. 4, August 1977, pp. 76-101, at pp. 96, 101.
  • Sickert, Walter Richard, 'The New Life of Whistler', The Fortnightly Review, vol. 84, December 1908, p. 1027.
  • Terry, Ellen, 'Recollections of Henry Irving', McLure’s Magazine, vol. 30, December 1907, pp. 131-48, at pp. 135-36.
  • 'The Laying of the Atlantic Cable: Paintings, Watercolors, and Commemorative Objects Given to the Metropolitan Museum by Cyrus W. Field', Metropolitan Museum Journal, vol. 41, 2006.

Newspapers 1906-Present

  • 'B. P. S.', New York Evening Post, New York, 11 December 1909, p. 9.
  • New York Herald Tribune, New York, 25 September 1930, p. 1, photograph of painting repr. p. 10.
  • New York Times, New York, 26 September 1930, p. 23.

Websites

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art website at http://www.metmuseum.org, and see also a sketch Henry Irving as Philip II of Spain not by Whistler, website at http://www.metmuseum.org.

Unpublished

  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. no. 125).

Other

  • Anon., Theatre, 1878, photograph of sitter repr. p. 44.
  • 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: 7th June 2021 by Margaret