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

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Variations in Violet


Only one title is known:

  • 'Variations in Violet' (1884, Dowdeswell). 1
  • 'Variations in Violet' (1980, YMSM). 2


It was described in the Liverpool Mercury on 3 July 1884 as 'a clever flower study'. As such, it is unusual in Whistler's subjects.

However, several flower compositions in pastel and watercolour were shown in the subsequent Dowdeswells' exhibition, including Mother of pearl and silver - Flowers [M.1107], A yellow note - Flowers [M.1108], and Studies of poppies [M.1109].


1: 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884 (cat no. 30).

2: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 301).

Last updated: 11th November 2020 by Margaret