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

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Grey and Green: A River


Several variations on the title have been suggested:

  • 'Gray and Green: a River' (1914, Knoedler). 1
  • 'Grey and Green: A River' (1980, YMSM). 2
  • 'View of the Harbor at Dordrecht: Grey and Green' (2015, Colby College Museum of Art). 3

Although the scene may be Dordrecht, the earliest title, 'Grey and Green: A River' is preferred.


                    Grey and Green: A River, Colby College Museum of Art
Grey and Green: A River, Colby College Museum of Art

A view across a wide river, in horizontal format. Several small sailing boats and barges are out in mid-stream. On the far bank there are trees. The water is greenish grey and the sky grey.


This may have been painted near Dordrecht, where Whistler painted a number of pictures, both in oil and watercolour (see Note en gris: Dordrecht [YMSM 293] and Bleu et argent: Dordrecht [YMSM 294]), and etchings such as Barges, Dordrecht [262].


1: Oils, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings by J. McN. Whistler, Knoedler & Co., New York, 1914 (cat. no. 6).

2: YMSM 1980 [more] , cat. no. 295.

3: Website at

Last updated: 4th June 2021 by Margaret