Sir William Burrell (1861-1958), Glasgow, Scotland, to 1903 
From 1903 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Sir William Burrell in 1903 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Whistler List, Paintings, pg. 25, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Sir William Burrell (C.L. Freer source) 1861 - 1958
While working to improve his facility with drawing and composition, Whistler made studies of classically draped models in Japanese attitudes, posing in front of a bamboo railing he designed especially for this purpose. The chalk drawings are studies in line, as the Six Projects (see F1902.138, F1903.175--F1903.179) are studies in color, for elaborate figure paintings Whistler was never able to complete, though he would use some of the themes in pastel drawings such as Morning Glories and Annabel Lee (F1905.129), which was completed years later. Whistler signed the drawings around 1874, placing his butterfly emblem beside each figure as though it were a Japanese artist’s seal.
- Published References
- Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours : A Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven, 1995. .
- David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 242, pl. 214.
- Collection Area(s)
- American Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum