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

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Copy after Schnetz's 'Les Adieux du consul Boëtus à sa famille'


Although Whistler assumed in 1900 that the copy was still in Stonington, no further record of it exists. His account is as follows:

'Then in Paris, when I was first studying, Captain Williams from Stonington; Stonington Bill they called him, got me to paint his portrait, and then gave me a commission to copy as many pictures as I chose for twenty-five dollars a piece, and I copied a picture, ... of a woman holding up a child toward a barred window and a man seen looking through the bars ... I have no doubt I made something very interesting out of them. There were very wonderful things even then, the beginning of harmonies and purple schemes. I suppose it must have been intuitive. … Probably all these are still at Stonington and are shown as wonderful things by Whistler!' 1


No exhibitions are known.


1: Quoted by Pennell 1921C [more], p. 171.

Last updated: 21st November 2019 by Margaret