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

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Chelsea Shop

Technique


                    Chelsea Shop, RISD
Chelsea Shop, RISD

It is painted on a grey primed panel with the design outlined in brown paint and then filled in carefully. Much of the surface is bare of paint. Areas of fairly thin paint are smoothed down to convey reflections on the panes of glass, and on goods visible through the glass. Only in the figures in the doorway – the woman with her white apron and the little girl in a dark brown cloak with a touch of scarlet in her hat – are both the colour and the brushstrokes more rich and fluid.

Conservation History


                    Chelsea Shop, photograph, 1980
Chelsea Shop, photograph, 1980

An old photograph shows some abrasion and paint loss at the edges, but otherwise it seems in good condition. Museum records state that it was restored in 1967.

Last updated: 19th June 2021 by Margaret