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

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The Pier: A Grey Note

Catalogues Raisonnés

  • Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer, and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980 (cat. no. 286), plate 163, as 'The Pier: A Grey Note'.

Authored by Whistler

  • None.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884 (cat. no. 1) as 'The Pier; a grey note'.
  • Winter Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886 (cat. no. 235) as 'A Grey Note'.

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • Anon., 'Messrs Dowdeswell's Gallery', Morning Post, London, 24 May 1884, p. 5.
  • Anon., 'THE WHISTLER'S ARRANGEMENT IN FLESH COLOUR AND GREY', Glasgow Herald, Glasgow, 10 June 1884, p. 3.
  • Globe, London, 29 November 1887.

Journals 1855-1905

  • None.


  • None.

Books on Whistler

  • Robins, Anna Gruetzner, A Fragile Modernism. Whistler and his Impressionist Followers, London and New Haven, 2007, pp. 13-14.

Books, General

  • Gilbert, Henry, Roy Ray, and Colin Orchard, All About St. Ives: A Guide to the Town, its Galleries and Art History, [St Ives], 2006.

Catalogues 1906-Present


  • Oils, Water-colors, Drawings and Prints by James McNeill Whistler, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1934 (cat. no. 14) as 'Pier at Margate'.
  • Symphonies in Stone: Lithographs by James McNeill Whistler, de Young, San Francisco, 1992.
  • Myers, Kenneth John, Mr. Whistler’s Gallery: Pictures at an 1884 Exhibition, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2003, pp. 14, 85, repr. p. 33.


  • Robert C. Eldred Co. Inc., East Dennis, MA, 2 August 1979 (lot 318).

Journals 1906-Present

  • None.


  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco blog at
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco website at


  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. no. 438a).


  • None.

Last updated: 11th November 2020 by Margaret