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

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Violet and Rose: La Belle de Jour

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. 319), plate 204, as 'Violet and Rose: La Belle de Jour'.

Authored by Whistler

  • None.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, Regent Street, London, 1905 (cat. no. 57) as 'Belle à jour, Blue and Violet'.

Journals 1855-1905

  • Scott, William, 'Reminiscences of Whistler. Some Venice Recollections', The Studio, vol. 30, November 1903, pp. 97-108, repr. p. 101 as 'A Nude Study'.


  • 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. 217 (cat. no. 409).
  • Spencer, Robin, Whistler, New York, 1990, pp. 118-19.
  • Sickert, Bernhard, Whistler, London and New York, 1908, p. 173 (cat. no. 174).

Books, General

  • Robins, Anna Gruetzner (ed.), Walter Sickert: the Complete Writings on Art, Oxford, 2000, pp. 245-46.

Catalogues 1906-Present


  • Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press, Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008 (cat no. 452), pp. 425-26, repr. p. 426.


  • 3rd Exhibition of Fair Women, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, Grafton Galleries, London, 1910 (cat. no. 44).
  • A Century of Progress Art Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 1933 (ex. cat., label on panel records it as 'Belle a Jour').
  • Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, 1977.
  • For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, 2004.


  • Christie's, London, 6 February 1914 (lot 141) as 'Bleu et Violet, La Belle de Jour'.

Journals 1906-Present

  • Sickert, Walter R., 'Wriggle and Chiffon', The New Age, 9 June 1910.


  • Harvard Museums website at


  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. no. 264).


  • Parkerson, Sarah Lawrence, Variations in Gold: The Stylistic Development of the Picture Frames used by James McNeill Whistlers, PhD thesis, University of Glasgow, 2007.

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