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James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903)  Search this
Oil on canvas
H x W: 76.4 x 50.7 cm (30 1/16 x 19 15/16 in)
United States
1866-ca. 1874
Previous custodian or owner:
Capt. Henry Hill (1818 - 1882)
Alexander Ionides (1840 - 1898)
Sir John Charles Day (1826-1908)
George McCulloch (1848 - 1907)
Mrs. George McCulloch
Wallis and Son, The French Gallery (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854 - 1919)
Capt. Henry Hill (1818-1882), Brighton, England, purchased from the artist [1]
From 1889
Alexander Ionides (1840-1898), London, purchased at auction, Christie's, May 25, 1889, no. 80, "Nocturne in Blue and Silver Valparaiso" [2]
From 1892
Sir John Charles Day, purchased in May 1892 [3]
From between 1895-1897
George McCulloch (1848-1907), British, purchased between 1895-1897 [4]
From 1907
Mrs. George McCulloch, by bequest from her husband, George McCulloch, in 1907 [5]
To 1909
Wallis and Son, The French Gallery, London, to 1909 [6]
From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Wallis and Son, The French Gallery, through D. Croal Thomson, in 1909 [7]
From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [8]
[1] According to Curatorial Remark 3, S. Hobbs, 1977, in the object record, this painting was purchased from Whistler by Captain Henry Hill of Brighton. Upon Hill's death, it was sold at auction at Christie's, May 25, 1889, as no. 80, "Nocturne in Blue and Silver Valparaiso," to Alexander Ionides. It was then sold in May of 1892 to Sir John Day, and subsequently bought by George McCulloch, sometime between 1895 and 1897. It was bequeathed to McCulloch's widow on December 12, 1907. In July 1909, Charles Lang Freer purchased the painting from Wallis and Son, London, through D. Croal Thomson.
[2] See note 1.
[3] See note 1.
[4] See note 1.
[5] See note 1.
[6] See List of Whistler Purchases since Making up the Smithsonian Inventory, pg. 12, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
[7] See note 6.
[8] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
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Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
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Restrictions & Rights:
Copyright with museum
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On View:
Freer Gallery 11: A Perfect Harmony
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery