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

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The Chelsea Girl

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. 314), plate 200, as 'The Chelsea Girl'.

Authored by Whistler

  • None.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893 (cat. no. 744) as 'The Chelsea Girl'.

Journals 1855-1905

  • The Whitehall Review, 29 June 1884.
  • Coffin, William A., 'The Columbian Exposition - II. Fine Arts: The United States Section,' Nation, vol. 57, 10 August 1893, p. 97.
  • 'Whistler, Dannat, Sargent,' Art Amateur, vol. 29, no. 6, November 1893, p. 134.


  • None.

Books on Whistler

  • Curry, David Park, James McNeill Whistler: Uneasy Pieces, New York, 2004, pp. 180, 291-93, 295-96.
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., 'Maud Franklin', in: Ruth Fine (ed.), James McNeill Whistler: A Reexamination, Studies in the History of Art, vol. 19, Washington, DC, 1987, pp. 13-26, at p. 21.
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., Susan Galassi, Aileen Ribeiro, and Patricia de Montfort, Whistler, Women and Fashion, New Haven and London, 2003, p. 74.
  • Pennell, E. R. and J., The Life of James McNeill Whistler, Philadelphia, revised edition, 1920, p. 257, repr. f.p. 416.
  • Petri, Grischka, Arrangement in Business: The Art Markets and the Career of James McNeill Whistler, Hildesheim, 2011, pp. 389, 563.
  • Robins, Anna Gruetzner, A Fragile Modernism. Whistler and his Impressionist Followers, London and New Haven, 2007, pp. 39-41, 46, repr. fig 43.
  • Sutton, Denys, Nocturne: The Art of James McNeill Whistler, London, 1963, p. 104.

Books, General

  • Carr, Carolyn Kinder, Revisiting the white city: American art at the 1893 World's Fair, National Museum of American Art, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1993, pp. 180, 182.
  • Robins, Anna Gruetzner (ed.), Walter Sickert: the Complete Writings on Art, Oxford, 2000, pp. 510-11.

Catalogues 1906-Present

  • Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Representative Modern Masters, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1920 (cat. no. 251) as 'Chelsea Girl'.
  • Sargent, Whistler and Mary Cassatt, Art Institute of Chicago & Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1954 (cat. no. 118).
  • Young, A. McLaren, James McNeill Whistler, Arts Council Gallery, London, and Knoedler Galleries, New York, 1960 (cat. no. 51).
  • Sweet, Frederick A. (ed.), James McNeill Whistler, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, and Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY, 1968 (cat. no. 36).
  • Spink, Nesta, Whistler: The Later Years, University of Michigan Art Gallery, Ann Arbor, 1978, introduction, checklist.
  • Dorment, Richard, and Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler, Tate Gallery, London, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1994-1995 (cat. no. 129).
  • Merrill, Linda, et al., After Whistler: The Artist and His Influence on American Painting, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 2003, pp. 56-57, 59, 63 note 59, repr. fig. 46.

Journals 1906-Present

  • Starr, Sidney, 'Personal Recollections of Whistler', Atlantic Monthly, vol. 101, April 1908, pp. 528-37, p. 534.

Newspapers 1906-Present

  • Sickert, Walter, 'With Wisest Sorrow', The Daily Telegraph, London, 25 April 1925.


  • 'Crystal Bridges announces acquisitions spanning 19th century to contemporary American art: From an iconic work by James McNeill Whistler to a site-specific commission by Maya Lin', 11 September 2015, website at


  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. no. 299).


  • None.

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