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

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Sketch for 'Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay'

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. 74), plate 68.

Authored by Whistler

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Catalogues 1855-1905

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Journals 1855-1905

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Books on Whistler

  • Getscher, Robert Harold, James Abbott McNeill Whistler Pastels, New York, 1991, p. 190, n. 5.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, pp. 134-35, 140, 258.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Whistler Journal, Philadelphia, 1921, pp. 43, 134.
  • Sutherland, Daniel E., Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake, New Haven and London, 2014, pp. 95-97.
  • Way, Thomas Robert, Memories of James McNeill Whistler, the Artist, London and New York, 1912, pp. 135-36.
  • Way, Thomas Robert, and G. R. Dennis, The Art of James McNeill Whistler: An Appreciation, 1st edition, London, 1903, p. 63.

Books, General

  • Fattal, ‎Laura Rachel Felleman and Carol Salus (eds), Out of Context: American Artists Abroad, in series Contributions to the study of art and architecture, Westport, CT, 2004, p. 14-15.
  • Kloss, William, Treasures of NMAA, Smithsonian, Washington DC, 1986, p. 68 (cat. no. 27).
  • Thomson, David Croal, Barbizon House : An Illustrated Record, London, 1927 (cat. no. 15) repr.

Catalogues 1906-Present


  • Catalogue of Gellatly Collection, Washington Printing Office, 3rd edition, 1945.
  • Kloss, William, Treasures from the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1985.


  • Catalogue of pictures and drawings being the entire collection of the late W. A. Coats Esquire, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1927 (cat. no. 270) as 'Valparaiso Harbour'.
  • James McNeill Whistler, Walter Richard Sickert, Fundación La Caixa, Madrid, and Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao, 1998.

Journals 1906-Present

  • Anon., 'When Whistler Painted in Valparaiso', Art Digest, vol. 2, Mid-January 1928, p. 11.
  • Goodrich, Lloyd, 'The Rebirth of a National Collection', Art in America, vol. 53, June 1965, p. 80.
  • Sutherland, Daniel E., 'James McNeill Whistler in Chile: Portrait of the Artist as Arms Dealer', American Nineteenth Century History, vol. 9, 2008, pp. 61-73.

Newspapers 1906-Present

  • Glasgow Herald, Glasgow, 30 December 1926.


  • Smithsonian American Art Museum website at


  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. no. 44) 'Valparaiso harbour / Study for "Nocturne, blue and gold".'


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Last updated: 11th May 2021 by Margaret