Messrs Dowdeswell's records of the 1884 exhibition do not mention a purchaser for Pink and Opal: Harbour [YMSM 272], but they do record that Miss Van de Weyer bought Blue and Opal: Herring Fleet [YMSM 273] from the exhibition. 1
In 1920 Knoedler's recorded a 'Marine' size 8 3/4 x 4 7/8" as from the collection of Miss van de Weyer, sister of Lady Esher and the daughter of Sylvain van de Weyer (1802-1874), and noted that it had also been in the collection of Mrs Story, widow of Julian Russell Story (1850-1919). Knoedler's recorded it, confusingly, as also being sold to 'Weyer'. An old photograph from the Knoedler archives (reproduced above) shows this to have been Pink and Opal: Harbour [YMSM 272].
The provenance is not absolutely clear: it is not certain when the title and early history of this painting became confused with that of Blue and Opal: Herring Fleet [YMSM 273]. Andrew McLaren Young (1913-1975) certainly assumed that the painting owned by Miss Van de Weyer and later at Knoedler's was Blue and Opal: Herring Fleet [YMSM 273], and the 1980 catalogue raisonné published it under that title. However press reviews written in 1884 show that Blue and Opal: Herring Fleet was a different subject.
At the auction in 2007, The City Review reported: 'a lovely oil on panel ... has a modest estimate of $300,000 to $400,000. It sold for $361,000.' 2
The Morning Post described this painting as one of several 'productions crude, immature, and, like King Richard, "but half made up." ' 3
Last updated: 17th April 2021 by Margaret