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

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The Green Headland


One title has been suggested and one possible alternative:

  • 'The Green Headland' (1884, Dowdeswell). 1
  • 'A Green Note- The Cliffs, St. Ives – Cornwall' (1889, Wunderlich). 2
  • 'The Green Headland' (1980, YMSM). 3


Presumably this showed a headland jutting out into the sea, with waves breaking on the shore.

                    Cliffs and Breakers,  The Hunterian
Cliffs and Breakers, The Hunterian

It is possible that it is Cliffs and Breakers [YMSM 278].


St Ives, a small fishing port in Cornwall, in south-west England, where Whistler stayed with Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942) and Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938) in January-March 1884.


1: 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884 (cat. no. 37).

2: Possibly “Notes” – “Harmonies” – “Nocturnes”, H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1889 (cat. no. 28).

3: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 279).

Last updated: 2nd April 2021 by Margaret