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

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Landscape, Lyme Regis

Landscape, Lyme Regis dates from Whistler's stay in Dorset in 1895. 1 In September 1895 Whistler wrote from Lyme Regis to E. G. Kennedy of Wunderlich's, New York, offering him 'A lovely little landscape.' 2 It may have been the 'Landscape' bought by Wunderlich's from Whistler on 3 July 1897 for £60. 3 It is not known to which landscape Whistler was referring in 1895, nor in 1897, and it is not certain they were the same one, nor what has become of it/them.

Most of his work at Lyme Regis consisted of portraits and street scenes (including Rose and Red: The Barber's Shop, Lyme Regis [YMSM 444], The Little Rose of Lyme Regis [YMSM 449], The Master Smith of Lyme Regis [YMSM 450]). The price paid in 1897 was unusually low, lower than Whistler's usual prices for watercolours and pastels.


1: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 447).

2: [12 September 1895], GUW #07258.

3: GUW #07285.

Last updated: 19th October 2020 by Margaret