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

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Nocturne; grey and gold - Canal; Holland

Catalogues Raisonnés

  • MacDonald, Margaret F., James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven and London, 1995 (cat. no. 945) as 'Nocturne; grey and gold – Canal; Holland'.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884 (cat. no. 3) as 'Nocturne; grey and gold – Canal; Holland'.
  • Annual Exhibition of Sketches, Pictures & Photography: A Loan Collection of Pictures by Mr Whistler ..., Dublin Sketching Club, Dublin, 1884 (cat. no. 235).
  • Possibly Exposition Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1887 (cat. no. 181) as 'Nocturne en gris et or' although that might have been an oil.
  • Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 (cat. no. 102) as 'Nocturne – Grey and Gold/ Canal, Holland'.
  • Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 119) as 'Nocturne. Grey and Gold. Canal. Holland'.

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • 'M.C.S.' [Malcolm Charles Salaman], Kensington News, London, 29 May 1884.

Books on Whistler

  • Glazer, Lee, Emily Jacobson, Blythe McCarthy, and Katherine Roeder, Whistler in Watercolor: Lovely Little Games, New Haven and London, 2019.
  • Heijbroek, J. F., and Margaret F. MacDonald, Whistler and Holland, Zwolle and Amsterdam, 1997, pp. 45, 54, repr. p. 45, pl. VI.

Catalogues 1906-Present

  • Curry, David Park, James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art, New York and London, 1984, p. 190, pl. 115.
  • Myers, Kenneth John, Mr. Whistler’s Gallery: Pictures at an 1884 Exhibition, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2003, p. 48 (cat. no. 23).


  • Freer Gallery of Art website at, as 'Nocturne: Grey and Gold–Canal, Holland'.
  • Whistler in Watercolour, Freer|Sackler, Washington, 2019, website.

Last updated: 7th February 2021 by Margaret