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

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Violet and Silver: The Great Sea

Titles

Several possible and radically dissimilar titles have been suggested:

  • 'Violet and silver. The Great Sea' (1884, Dowdeswell). 1
  • 'Bleu et argent: La grande Mer' (1887, Petit). 2
  • 'Green and Gold – the Great Sea' (1903, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts). 3
  • 'Violet and Silver: The Great Sea' (1980, YMSM). 4

'Violet and Silver: The Great Sea' is the preferred title.

Description


                    Violet and Silver: The Great Sea, Freer Gallery of Art
Violet and Silver: The Great Sea, Freer Gallery of Art

A seascape in horizontal format. Breakers roll in over a deep blue-green sea to a sandy shore. Big grey clouds scurry across a pale blue sky.

Site

The view almost certainly shows Porthmeor Beach, the broadest and longest beach west of the harbour of St Ives, Cornwall. 5

Notes:

1: 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884 (cat. no. 33).

2: Exposition Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1887 (cat. no. 168).

3: Seventy-second Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1903 (cat. no. 5).

4: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat no. 298).

5: Robins 2007 [more] , p. 13.

Last updated: 31st December 2020 by Margaret