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

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Whistler Smoking, private collection
Whistler Smoking, private collection

It is painted thickly and densely, in rich colours, with bold modelling. It was painted with brushes, with no trace of palette knife.

Gallatin noted: 'the face is rather carefully modelled, the rest of the picture freely painted.' 1

Conservation History



Described by Andrew McLaren Young (1913-1975) as 'Whistler style, flat frame with dark brown wood, gilt edged slip' with the number '19890' stamped on the verso and a label, 'No. 93167 ... dientige ... Reinhard.' 2


1: Gallatin 1913 A [more], pp. 17-18.

2: GUL WPP files.

Last updated: 25th November 2020 by Margaret