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

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Harmony in Black and Red

Harmony in Black and Red dates from 1880/1882. 1 It is dated from the costume and the date of the first exhibition, at the VI Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1882 (cat. no. 127) as 'Harmony in Black and Red.'

R. Hallward after Whistler 'Harmony in Black and Red', woodcut, Illustrated London News, 22 July 1882
R. Hallward after Whistler 'Harmony in Black and Red', woodcut, Illustrated London News, 22 July 1882

It is identified by a woodcut done at that time, although that was labelled incorrectly 'THE BLUE GIRL'. 2

Jacques Émile Blanche (1861-1942) recorded having seen a portrait of Maud Franklin 'en noir et rouge' at Whistler's Tite Street studio about 1884. 3 No further mention of it is known.

Notes:

1: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 236).

2: Illustrated London News, London, 22 July 1882.

3: Blanche 1919 [more] , pp. 55, 60.

Last updated: 10th November 2020 by Margaret