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

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Sketch for 'Annabel Lee'


  • 1900/1903: seen by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) in Whistler's studio in Paris at some time; 1
  • 1903: in Whistler's studio at his death and bequeathed to his ward and executrix, Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958);
  • 1958: bequeathed by Miss R. Birnie Philip to the University of Glasgow.

This painting may pre-date Whistler's bankruptcy in 1879, but there is no record of it at that time. Unfinished works, and paintings destroyed by the artist, were not sold at the time of his bankruptcy. Some were retained for safe-keeping by his family, friends, and even creditors, and some of these paintings were returned to him later.


It was not exhibited in Whistler's lifetime.


1: Note made in 1904, Diaries, Bk 14, Freer Gallery Archives.

Last updated: 20th October 2020 by Margaret