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

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Symphony in Grey and Gold

Symphony in Grey and Gold may date from between 1868 and 1878. 1

According to Lucas (Luke) Alexander Ionides (1837-1924), Whistler sold him 'A Symphony in grey and gold' in the early 1880s. 2 The title of 'Symphony' was more usual for a figure subject than for a landscape, and might indicate an earlier date, in the late 1860s. However, if it was a foggy or evening scene, it could date from the late 1860s or 1870s.

It is possible that it is Nocturne: Westminster - Grey and Gold [YMSM 144], which is also difficult to date.


1: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 143).

2: Ionides 1924 [more], p. 51.

Last updated: 18th March 2019 by Margaret