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

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The Game of Chess (Gracie's Album, p. 45)


  • 1851/1852: drawn for Archibald Gracie jr (1832-1864);
  • 1864: bequeathed to his widow, Josephine Gracie née Mayo (1836-1901);
  • 1901: bequeathed to their daughter Adeline Gracie (1864-1948), Baltimore, MD;
  • 1907: with David Bendann, Baltimore, 10 January 1907;
  • 1908: bought on 3 February by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919);
  • 1919: bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art.

Archibald Gracie jr was a West Point graduate who became a Confederate brigadier general and died at the siege of Petersburg during the American civil war.

See further details in MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 79).


It was not, as far as is known, exhibited in Whistler's lifetime. By the terms of Freer's will, it cannot be lent to another venue.

Last updated: 2nd March 2021 by Margaret