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

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Blue and Gold: The Schooner

Titles

Suggested titles are as follows:

  • 'Blue and gold – The Schooner' (1884, Dowdeswell). 1 .
  • 'The Schooner' (1904, Copley Society, Boston). 2
  • 'The Sloop' (1905, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts). 3
  • 'Blue and Gold: The Schooner' (1980, YMSM). 4

'Blue and Gold: The Schooner' is the preferred title.

Description

Blue and Gold: The Schooner, Private Collection
Blue and Gold: The Schooner, Private Collection

A schooner is a sailing ship with two or more masts fore and aft rigged throughout; topsail and staysail schooners show slight variations in rigging.

The ship is seen at left, sitting high up, beyond a sloping grassy field. To right of it are the roofs of several houses and huts, possibly smoke-houses. The sky is cloudy, with patches of pale blue. In the right foreground stand three women.

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] (and indeed the painting was exhibited as 'The Sloop' in 1905). However, a sloop is a small boat with a single mast, and a single head sail or jib, so Blue and Gold: The Schooner really does show a schooner!

Site

Note in Blue and Opal: The Sun Cloud, Freer Gallery of Art
Note in Blue and Opal: The Sun Cloud, Freer Gallery of Art
Blue and Gold: The Schooner, Private Collection
Blue and Gold: The Schooner, Private Collection

Probably St Ives, Cornwall. Note in Blue and Opal: The Sun Cloud [YMSM 271] shows a similar row of small houses above a field, but without the ship.

Silvery Light, Photograph, 'Silvery Light Sailing'
Silvery Light, Photograph, 'Silvery Light Sailing'

Ships built on the shore at St Ives included the two-masted fishing boat Silvery Light built by William Robert Williams and launched on 10 July 1884. 5

Notes:

1: 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884 (cat. no. 32); also Annual Exhibition of Sketches, Pictures & Photography: A Loan Collection of Pictures by Mr Whistler ..., Dublin Sketching Club, Dublin, 1884 (cat. no. 252).

2: Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 (cat. no. 77).

3: 100th Anniversary Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1905 (cat. no. 423).

4: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 276).

5: Website at ' https://www.silverylight.org/history'.

Last updated: 7th June 2021 by Margaret