Nocturne: San Giorgio

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Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (United States, 1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
1880
Medium
Chalk and pastel on brown paper
Dimensions
H x W: 20.4 x 30.1 cm (8 1/16 x 11 7/8 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1917.6a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Drawing
Type

Drawing

Keywords
boat, United States
Provenance

To 1917
Mrs. Louisine Havemeyer (1855-1929), New York to 1917 [1]

From 1917 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by Mrs. Louisine Havemeyer in 1917 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Accession List, Collections Management office, as well as Original Whistler List, pg. 16, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] 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
Mrs. Louisine Havemeyer (C.L. Freer source) 1855 - 1929

Label

Nocturne: San Giorgio, like the closely related drawing Venice (see F1893.26), is a view from the Riva degli Schiavoni looking south to the church of San Giorgio Maggiore. When it was shown at the Fine Art Society in London in January 1881, a satirical review in the magazine Punch made fun on the gondolas in the foreground. Caricaturing the drawing as "Nocturne at a Hotel," Punch described it as showing "curious specimens of shoes left outside the bedroom doors to be cleaned."
Quotation from Harry Furniss, "Whistler's Wenice [sic]; or, Pastels by Pastelthwaite," Punch, February 12, 1881.

Published References
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 260, pl. 249.
  • Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours : A Catalogue RaisonnĂ©. New Haven, 1995. .
  • Margaret F. MacDonald. Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice. Aldershot, Hampshire, England, 2001. p. 62, fig. 72.
  • Margaret F. MacDonald, Patricia de Montfort, Pamela Robertson, Lee Glazer. James McNeill Whistler Retrospective. Exh. cat. Tokyo, 2014. p. 13, fig. 10.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum