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

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Green and Violet: Portrait of Mrs Walter Sickert

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. 338), plate 230, as 'Green and Violet: Portrait of Mrs Walter Sickert'.

Authored by Whistler

  • None.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • Exposition Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Champ de Mars, Paris, 1894 (cat. no. 1185) as 'Vert et violet; portrait de Mme S...'
  • Fourth Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, New Gallery, London, 1894 (cat. no. 85) as 'Mrs. Bernard Sickert'.
  • Thirty-fourth Exhibition of Works of Modern Artists, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Glasgow, 1895 (cat. no. 11) as 'Mrs. Bernard Sickert'. [sic]
  • Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 (cat. no. 35).
  • Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 26).

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • Anon., 'The New Gallery', Daily News, London, 17 October 1894.
  • 'The Society of Portrait Painters', The Times, London, 17 October 1894, p. 8.
  • Anon., 'The Society of Portrait Painters', The Morning Post, London, 18 October 1894, p. 5.
  • Anon., 'The Society of Portrait Painters', Pall Mall Gazette, London, 24 October 1894.
  • Anon., 'Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts', The Dundee Courier and Argus, Dundee, 2 February 1895, p. 3.
  • Anon., 'The Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Exhibition', The Scotsman, Edinburgh, 2 February 1895, p. 10.
  • Anon., 'Exhibition of Paintings at the Art institute', Gentlewoman, London, 16 February 1895, p. 40.
  • Anon., 'Scotch Art Exhibitions', Pall Mall Gazette, London, 1 March 1895.

Journals 1855-1905

  • None.


  • 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 (cat. no. 35).
  • Duret, Théodore, trans. by Frank Rutter, Whistler, English edition, London, 1917, p. 78. repr. p. 106.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2, p. 158.
  • Petri, Grischka, Arrangement in Business: The Art Markets and the Career of James McNeill Whistler, Hildesheim, 2011, pp. 390, 457, 528.
  • Pousette-Dart, Nathaniel, (ed.), James McNeill Whistler,(with introduction by Joseph & Elizabeth Robins Pennell), New York, 1924, repr. pl. 52.
  • Robins, Anna Gruetzner (ed.), Walter Sickert: the Complete Writings on Art, Oxford, 2000, p. 195.
  • Sutton, Denys, James McNeill Whistler: Paintings, Etchings, Pastels and Watercolours, London, 1966, repr. plate 97.
  • Spencer, Robin (ed.), Whistler: A Retrospective, New York, 1989, repr. plate 88, p. 283.
  • Sickert, Bernhard, Whistler, London and New York, 1908, cat. no. 110.
  • Weintraub, Stanley, Whistler: A Biography, London, 1974, p. 279.

Books, General

  • Browse, Lillian, Sickert, London, 1960, pp. 14-15, 23.
  • Baron, Wendy and Richard Shone, Sickert: Paintings, New Haven and London, 1992, p. 62, fig. 73.

Catalogues 1906-Present


  • Stebbins, Theodore E., Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt (eds), 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, pp. 430-31 (cat. no. 458), repr. p. 431.


  • Exhibition at S. & G. Gump Art Galleries, San Francisco, 1913 (cat. no. 275) as 'Green and Violet: Portrait of Mrs. E. Milicent Cobden'.
  • The Forty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Water Colors, Sculpture, Graphic Arts, State Fair of Texas Art Gallery, Dallas, 1934 (cat. no. 174) as 'Portrait of Mrs. Cobden Sickert', repr. p. 7.
  • Seven Centuries of Painting, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1939 (cat. no. 241), repr.
  • [Exhibition], Detroit, 1940 (cat. no. 79).
  • The American Spirit in Portraiture, 1675-1900, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 1951.
  • Young, A. McLaren, James McNeill Whistler, Arts Council Gallery, London, and Knoedler Galleries, New York, 1960 (cat. no. 54).
  • Merrill, Linda, et al., After Whistler: The Artist and His Influence on American Painting, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 2003, p. 93, repr. fig. 82 (as part of 1904 installation).
  • For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 2004.

Journals 1906-Present

  • Art and Progress, August 1915, repr. frontispiece.
  • American Art News, 27 December 1919, repr. p. 1.
  • Art Digest, 1 October 1937, repr. p. 7
  • Art News Annual, 16 May 1931, repr. p. 69.
  • 'Names Withheld', Art News, February 1950, p. 17.
  • Dempsey, Andrew, 'Whistler and Sickert: A Friendship and its End', Apollo, vol. 83, January 1966, pp. 30-37, at pp. 32-33.
  • Frankfurter, Alfred M., 'Thirty-Five Portraits from American Collections', Art News Annual , 16 May 1931, pp. 3-4, repr. p. 69.
  • Sickert, Walter Richard, ‘Where Paul and I differ’, Art News, no. 14, 10 February 1910, p. 113.
  • Thornton, Alfred, 'Walter Richard Sickert', Artwork: A Quarterly, London, England, Spring 1930, vol. 6, no. 21, pp. 1-18, at p. 1.

Newspapers 1906-Present

  • Baker, Kenneth, "What Matters Most in a Painting", The Christian Science Monitor, 9 September 1983, repr. p. 24.


  • Harvard Museums website at


  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library.


  • 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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