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

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A Courtyard with an Open Workshop and a Standing Woman


  • Date unknown: supposedly bought from Whistler's executrix Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) by Harold Wright (1885-1961) of Colnaghi, London dealers.
  • Date unknown: said to have been sold by J. Baskett, Sr, of Colnaghi's to Gilbert Davis (fl. 1955), London;
  • 1970: said to have been sold by Davis to J. Baskett, jr.;
  • 1970: bought by Edward Brian Seago (1910-1974), Ludham, Norfolk;
  • 1974: bequeathed to Peter Seymour (fl. 1952), Ludham, Norfolk;
  • Date unknown: private collection.

J. Baskett, Jr, was the source of information on this provenance. According to him, he was told that Harold Wright had bought the painting from Miss Birnie Philip, and J. Baskett, Sr, sold it to Gilbert Davis, from whom J. Baskett, Jr, bought it on 13 January 1970. He sold it to the artist Edward Seago in March 1970 (the technique bears some resemblance to Seago's paintings of street scenes). 1 It was bequeathed to Peter Seymour in January 1974.


It was not exhibited in Whistler's lifetime.


1: See for instance, Seago's Shau Kie Wan, Hong Kong, 1961, and Queens Road West, The Taylor Gallery Ltd, at (acc. 2016.1.31).

Last updated: 3rd April 2020 by Margaret