Sea and Rain is dated '65' on the canvas, and was painted during Whistler's stay in Trouville, probably between October and November 1865. 1
On 20 October 1865 Whistler wrote to Lucas (Luke) Alexander Ionides (1837-1924) from Trouville, 'I am staying here to finish two or three sea pieces which I wish to bring back with me - I believe they will be fine - and worth quite anything of the kind I have ever done.' 2 On 26 October Whistler told Ionides that he planned to stay until about 10 November 1865, adding, 'My pictures I think you will like very much - The Sea is splendid at this moment but I am anxious to get back.' 3
Sea and Rain is very similar in composition and treatment to another Trouville seascape of 1865, Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville [YMSM 064].
Sea and Rain was seen by William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919) on 31 March 1867, when he recommended Whistler to submit it to the Royal Academy. 4 Whistler apparently agreed, and it was exhibited at the 99th Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1867 (cat. no. 670) as 'Sea and Rain'.
Last updated: 29th December 2020 by Margaret