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

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Nocturne of the Giudecca, Venice

Nocturne of the Giudecca, Venice dates from Whistler's trip to Venice between late 1879 and 1880. 1

In 1908 the Pennells, describing works painted by Whistler in Venice in 1880, recorded that 'Mr. Brooks has told us of another, a Nocturne of the Giudecca, with shipping, on a panel, which Whistler gave to Mr. Jobbins, who thought so little of it that he painted a sketch on the back, and then sold it to Mr. Brooks, who still has it.' 2 Later (1911) the Pennells corrected this, stating that it was the American/Swiss painter Charles Stuart Forbes (1856-1926) who had said that Whistler gave the panel to Jobbins, who painted 'a sketch on the back and then sold it to Forbes, who still has it.' 3

William Henry Jobbins (1851-1893) was a Nottingham-born landscape painter. According to Henry Woods (1846-1921), quoted by Samuel Luke Fildes (1844-1927), Whistler shared a studio with Jobbins in Venice for five or six months. 4


1: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 219).

2: Pennell 1908 [more], vol. 1, p. 288.

3: Pennell 1911 A [more], p. 201.

4: Fildes 1968 [more], p. 65.

Last updated: 10th November 2019 by Margaret