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

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Mount Ararat



Conservation History



At the time of Whistler's bankruptcy sale at Messrs Sotheby and Co. on 12 February 1880, Matthew Robinson Elden (1839-1885) wrote to Whistler:

'The Gold Scab has been taken to Sothebys in its frame complete - but the other jokes were cut off their stretchers[.] The clerk who fetched them having orders to take all canvasses & to leave the frames &c to you - this is perhaps good as regards the greek girls, it may fetch less - to buy in - all frames &c have been sent to the Doctors save a few which Pellegrini borrowed & of which I have an account.' 1


1: [February 1880], GUW #01049.

Last updated: 10th November 2019 by Margaret