The early provenance is unknown. However, despite the disparity in the title, it is possible that Blue and Gold: The Schooner [YMSM 276] is Green and Gold: The Sloop [YMSM 368], an unlocated painting that was sold by Whistler to Siegfried Bing (1838-1905) in 1897.
Miss Jennings was well travelled but it is not known if she visited Europe during Whistler's lifetime, though she did apply for a passport on 2 April 1894, when she was living at 48 Park Avenue, New York. The butterfly signature dates from the late 1890s or later and suggests that the picture was exhibited and/or sold at a late date.
Miss Jennings lent the painting to the 1904 Boston exhibition. The size of the painting – 4 ½ x 6 ½ inches – the support, which is given as canvas but which was actually wood, its size when framed – 12 ¾ x 15 ¼ (32.4 x 38.7) – and insurance valuation of $1500, are given in a memorandum that is enclosed in a copy of the Boston Memorial Exhibition catalogue, which was originally owned by Frank Gair Macomber (1849-1941) and is now in the Boston Public Library. The memorandum also notes that the painting should be returned to Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), New York art dealer.
1: ‘An Enthusiast’, [Sickert, W. R.], 'Mr Whistler and His Art', The Artist and Journal of Home Culture, vol. 5, 1 June 1884, pp. 199-201.
Last updated: 7th June 2021 by Margaret