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

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Blue and Gold: The Schooner

Technique

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

Painted freely, with expressive brushwork and thin paint. A comparatively broad rounded brush was used for the sky and foreground, a smaller one for the houses and a very fine brush for the detail of the ship. It was probably signed with the butterfly at a later date.

Conservation History

Unknown. It is slightly abraded at the edges from the mount or frame (when working on site, Whistler often used a small box with slots to hold his wet panels). It appears to have a slightly yellowed varnish.

Last updated: 7th June 2021 by Margaret