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

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Nocturne in Blue and Silver: The Lagoon, Venice

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. 212), plate 151, as 'Nocturne in Blue and Silver: The Lagoon,Venice'.

Authored by Whistler

  • None.

Catalogues 1855-1905


  • Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 (cat. no.67) as 'Nocturne in Blue and Silver "The Lagoon" – Venice'.


  • Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 25 November 1903 (lot 1) as 'Nocturne à Venise: I'église de Saint-George-Majeur'.

Journals 1855-1905

  • None.


  • 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. no. 90).
  • Grieve, Alastair, Whistler's Venice, New Haven and London, 2000, p. 170, pl. 220.
  • Lane, James W., Whistler, (American Artists Series), New York, 1942, repr. p. 72.
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice, Aldershot and California, 2001, pp. 30-31, pl. 31.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, p. 272.
  • Sickert, Bernhard, Whistler, London and New York, 1908 (cat. no. 67).
  • Spencer, Robin, Whistler, New York, 1990, p. 106-07.

Books, General

  • Gaunt, William, Marine Painting: An historical survey, London, 1975, p. 168, repr.
  • Prettejohn, Elizabeth, Art for Art’s Sake: Aestheticism in Victorian Painting, New Haven and London, 2007, pp. 176-77, 180.

Catalogues 1906-Present


  • Davis, Elliot Bostwick, et al., American Painting, MFA Highlights, Boston: MFA Publications, 2003.


  • Oils, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings by James McNeill Whistler lent by Mr. Richard Canfield, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Buffalo, 1911 (cat. no. 5).
  • Oils, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings by J. McN. Whistler, Knoedler & Co., New York, 1914 (cat. no. 4) as 'Nocturne: Blue and silver'.
  • White, Nelson C., James McNeill Whistler Seventeenth Anniversary Exhibition, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT, 1949 (cat. no. 30).
  • Young, A. McLaren, James McNeill Whistler, Arts Council Gallery, London, and Knoedler Galleries, New York, 1960 (cat. no. 43).
  • Taynton, Carol (intro.), Whistler in New England Collections, [checklist], Boston, 1977 (no cat. number).
  • Richard Dorment, “Whistler v. Ruskin,” in 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, pp. 136-38.
  • Lochnan, Katharine, 'Turner, Whistler, Monet: an artistic dialogue', pp. 15-35, repr, p. 26, in Lochnan, Katharine, Turner, Whistler, Monet, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; Tate Britain, London, 2004-2005 (cat. no. 105).
  • 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 pp. 25-27, 31, 45 note 2, repr. pp. 24-26.

Journals 1906-Present

  • Anon., 'Superb Collection of Thirty-four Works by James McNeill Whistler', Academy Notes, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, vol. 6, no. 2, April 1911, pp. 33-38, repr. p. 37.


  • Museum of Fine Arts website at


  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. no. 94).


  • Siewert, John, 'Whistler’s Nocturnes and the Aesthetic Subject', PhD thesis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1994, p. 13.

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