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

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Nocturne: Silver and Opal – Chelsea

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. 309), plate 182, as 'Nocturne: Silver and Opal – Chelsea'.

Authored by Whistler

  • None.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884 (cat. no. 25) as 'Nocturne; Silver and Opal – Chelsea'.
  • Exposition Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1887, 1887 (cat. no. 165) as 'Nocturne en opale: Chelsea'.
  • Nocturnes, Marines & Chevalet Pieces, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892 (cat. no. 11) as 'Nocturne – Opal and Silver':
  • Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 (cat. no. 68);
  • Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 75).

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • Anon., 'Art Notes', Liverpool Mercury, Liverpool, 3 July 1884, p. 6.
  • Anon., The Star, London, 19 March 1892.

Journals 1855-1905

  • 'An Enthusiast', [W. R. Sickert], 'Mr Whistler and his art', The Artist and Journal of Home Culture, 1 June 1884.

Monographs

  • 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, p. 167 (cat. no. 68).
  • Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, p. 191, J. 101.
  • Holden, Donald, Whistler Landscapes and Seascapes, New York, 1969, repr. pl. 31.
  • Sickert, Bernhard, Whistler, London and New York, 1908, p. 170 (cat. no. 149).

Books, General

  • Lawton, Thomas, Freer: a Legacy of Art, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1993, p. 53.
  • Robins, Anna Gruetzner (ed.), Walter Sickert: the Complete Writings on Art, Oxford, 2000, pp. 4-5.

Catalogues 1906-Present

COLLECTION:

  • Stubbs, Burns A., Paintings, Pastels, Drawings, Prints and Copper Plates by and attributed to American and European Artists, together with a List of Original Whistleriana in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1948, p. 15 (02.146).
  • Curry, David Park, James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art, New York and London, 1984, pp. 127, 293, repr. pl. 31, upside down.

EXHIBITION:

  • Myers, Kenneth John, Mr. Whistler’s Gallery: Pictures at an 1884 Exhibition, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2003, pp. 54-55, 89.
  • Siewert, John, 'Art, music, and an aesthetics of place in Whistler's Nocturne paintings' in Lochnan, Katharine, Turner, Whistler, Monet, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; Tate Britain, London, 2004-2005, pp. 141-47, at p. 144, repr. 52 (not exhibited).

Journals 1906-Present

  • None.

Websites

  • Freer Gallery of Art website at https://asia.si.edu/object/F1902.146a-b.

Unpublished

  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat no. 83) 'Nocturne, opal and silver'.

Other

  • Parkerson, Sarah Lawrence, Variations in Gold: The Stylistic Development of the Picture Frames used by James McNeill Whistlers, PhD thesis, University of Glasgow, 2007.
  • Siewert, John, 'Whistler’s Nocturnes and the Aesthetic Subject', PhD thesis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1994, p. 13.

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