Savoy Pigeons

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Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
1896
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 19.7 x 13.6 cm (7 3/4 x 5 3/8 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1902.125
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Lithograph

Keywords
city, pigeon, United States
Provenance

From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Society of the Butterfly, London, in 1902 [1]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [2]

Notes:

[1] See Original Whistler List, Lithographs, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Society of the Butterfly [Company of the Butterfly] was James McNeill Whistler's London business through which he sold his works. Mr. Freer purchased this object from the Society of the Butterfly in March 1900, and paid Mr. Whistler on June 16, 1902 (see Curatorial Remarks in the object record).

[2] 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.

Previous Owner(s)

Society of the Butterfly (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

In the foreground, two pigeons perch on the metal railing of the Savoy Hotel balcony. The view is towards Westminster, with Charing Cross Railway Bridge in the middle distance, and Lambeth Palace, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Bridge in the background.
Whistler lithographs are identified by "C." numbers as described in The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998). This print is C154, first and only state.

Published References
  • The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler. 2 vol., Chicago and New York, 1998. pp. 438-443.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum