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

Home  > Catalogue > Exhibitions > London_1900b (related works) > Search Display

The Jade Necklace

Titles

Various titles have been given:

  • 'Green and Gold. The Lady of the Black Heart' (1900, Society of Portrait Painters). 1
  • 'LE COLLIER DE JATTE' (date unknown, label on verso).
  • 'collar de Jade' (1900?, R. Birnie Philip). 2
  • 'The Jade Necklace' (1905, Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Paris). 3
  • 'The Jade Necklace' (1980, YMSM). 4

'The Jade Necklace' is the preferred title.

Description


                    The Jade Necklace, The Hunterian
The Jade Necklace, The Hunterian

A head and shoulders portrait of a young woman with dark hair wearing a black dress with a high collar, and a necklace of three strands of jade beads. She has a narrow face and dark brown hair with a neat fringe, and she looks directly at the viewer. The portrait is in vertical format.

Sitter


                    Rosalind Birnie Philip, photograph, GUL Whistler PH1/34
Rosalind Birnie Philip, photograph, GUL Whistler PH1/34

Whistler's sister-in-law, ward and executrix, Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) . This portrait was among the huge and important collection she bequeathed to the University of Glasgow.


                    Jade Necklace, The Hunterian, GLAHA 53984
Jade Necklace, The Hunterian, GLAHA 53984

The necklace was bequeathed by the sitter to the University of Glasgow, and is part of the important Whistler Collection in the Hunterian. It has three strands of jade and coloured beads with a woven ball-and-noose fastener, the main strand being 54.5 cm.

Notes:

1: 10th exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1900 (cat. no. 5).

2: [1900?], R. Birnie Philip, written on a press-cutting, GUL Whistler PC 14.

3: Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 34).

4: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 478).

Last updated: 19th April 2021 by Margaret