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

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St John's, Westminster

St John's, Westminster dates from 1896. 1

According to the Pennells, in the summer of 1896 Whistler started many studies on small panels:

'The most important was one of St. John's, Westminster. He loved the little quiet old corner, now almost entirely destroyed, and he went there several times ... he took two [afternoons] over this church. The painting was simply done, commencing with the point of interest, the masses put in bigly, the details worked into them.' 2


1: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 454).

2: Pennell 1908 [more], vol. 2, pp. 173-74.

Last updated: 29th October 2019 by Margaret