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

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Arrangement in Black, No. 8: Portrait of Mrs Cassatt

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. 250), plate 172, as 'Arrangement in Black, No. 8: Portrait of Mrs Cassatt'.

Authored by Whistler

  • None.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • Winter Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1885 (cat. no. 362) as 'Arrangement in Black No. 8: Portrait of Mrs. Cassatt'.
  • Portraits of Women, loan exhibition for the Benefit of St. John's Guild and the Orthopaedic Hospital, National Academy of Design, New York, 1894 (cat. no. 355) as 'Portrait'.
  • Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 (cat. no. 45) as 'Portrait of a Lady'.

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • Anon., Truth, 3 December 1885, p. 16.
  • Pall Mall Gazette, London, 8 December 1885, p. 4, drawing by Sickert repr.
  • Anon., Eastern Morning News, Yorkshire, 10 December 1885, p. 2.

Journals 1855-1905

  • The Bat, London, 8 December 1885, drawing repr.
  • Blanche, Jacques-Émile, 'James McNeill Whistler', Renaissance Latine, vol. 4, no. 6, 15 June 1905, pp. 353-78, at p. 358.


  • 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.
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., (ed.) Whistler's Mother: An American Icon, Aldershot and Burlington, 2003, p. 33.
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., Susan Galassi, Aileen Ribeiro, and Patricia de Montfort, Whistler, Women and Fashion, New Haven and London, 2003, p. 124.
  • Merrill, Linda, The Peacock Room. A Cultural Biography, New Haven and London, 1998, p. 299.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 6th edition, revised, Philadelphia, 1920, p. 257, repr. f.p. 344.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Whistler Journal, Philadelphia, 1921, drawing repr. f.p. 136 as 'Mrs. A. J. Cassatt'.
  • Petri, Grischka, Arrangement in Business: The Art Markets and the Career of James McNeill Whistler, Hildesheim, 2011, pp. 174-75, 382, 389, 433, 684.
  • Robins, Anna Gruetzner, A Fragile Modernism. Whistler and his Impressionist Followers, London and New Haven, 2007, pp. 95-97.
  • Sickert, Bernhard, Whistler, London and New York, 1908, p. 163, cat. no. 85.
  • Sutherland, Daniel E., Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake, New Haven and London, 2014, pp. 195, 213.
  • Sweet, Frederick A., Miss Mary Cassatt: Impressionist from Pennsylvania, Norman 1966, pp. 74-76, 82, 91-93, 107.

Books, General

  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1949, HMSO, London, 1961.

Catalogues 1906-Present

  • Sweet, Frederick A., James McNeill Whistler, Art Institute of Chicago and Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, 1968 (cat. no. 34).
  • 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. 128).
  • Merrill, Linda, et al., After Whistler: The Artist and His Influence on American Painting, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 2003, pp. 57-58, repr. fig. 48 (not in exhibition).

Journals 1906-Present

  • Dempsey, Andrew, 'Whistler and Sickert: A Friendship and its End', Apollo, vol. 83, January 1966, pp. 30-37, at pp. 30-31.
  • Starr, Sidney, 'Personal Recollections of Whistler', Atlantic Monthly, vol. 101, April 1908, pp. 528-37, at p. 535.


  • None.


  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. no. 169).


  • None.

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