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

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Pink and Grey: Three Figures

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. 89), plate 63, as 'Pink and Grey: Three Figures'.

Authored by Whistler

  • Whistler, James McNeill, letter to the Editor, Morning Post, London, 27 July 1891.
  • Whistler, James McNeill, letter to the Editor, Pall Mall Gazette, London, 4 August 1891.
  • Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd edition, London and New York, 1892, pp. 288-92.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • 1886: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
  • 1891: Messrs Dowdeswell, London.
  • Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, Regent Street, London, 1905 (cat. no. 399) as 'Three Figures, pink and grey'; (de luxe edition), repr. f.p. 14.

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • Whistler, James McNeill, letter to the Editor, Morning Post, London, 27 July 1891.
  • Crowdy, Wallace L., Letter to the Editor, Pall Mall Gazette, London, 1 August 1891.
  • Quilter, H., Letter to the Editor, 'Mr Quilter in support of Mr Whistler', Pall Mall Gazette, London, 6 August 1891, p. 2.
  • 'Another "Whistler" here', New York Times, New York, 18 December 1904.

Journals 1855-1905

  • None.


  • None.

Books on Whistler

  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, pp. 148-49.
  • Way, Thomas Robert, Memories of James McNeill Whistler, the Artist, London and New York, 1912, p. 36.
  • Way, Thomas Robert, and G. R. Dennis, The Art of James McNeill Whistler: An Appreciation, 1st edition, London, 1903, p. 32.

Books, General

  • MacDonald, Margaret F., 'James McNeill Whistler', in: Andreeva, Galina and Margaret F. MacDonald (eds), Whistler and Russia, Tretyakow Gallery, Moscow, 2006, pp. 16-57, at pp. 29, 32, repr. p. 29.
  • Spencer, Robin, The Aesthetic Movement, London and New York, 1972, p. 35.

Catalogues 1906-Present


  • Wilton, Andrew, and Robert Upstone (eds), The Age of Rossetti, Burne-Jones and Watts: Symbolism in Britain 1860-1910, Tate Gallery, London, 1997, pp. 117-18 (cat. no. 16), repr. p. 118.
  • Andreeva, Galina, and Margaret F. MacDonald, Whistler and Russia, State Tretyakow Gallery, Moscow, 2006, pp. 29, 32, 183 (cat. no. 16), repr. p. 29.
  • Calloway, Stephen, and Lynn Federle Orr (eds), The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2011 (no catalogue number).
  • Ayako Ono, ホイッスラー展. James McNeill Whistler Retrospective, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyōto, 2014, and Yokohama Museum of Art, 2014–2015 (cat. no. 104).
  • Asleson, Robyn, and Linda Merrill, The lost symphony : Whistler and the perfection of art, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution); Freer Gallery of Art, Washington DC., 2016, brochure.


  • Christie's, London, 28 July 1950 (lot 140).

Journals 1906-Present

  • Dreyfus, Albert, 'James Abbott MacNeill Whistler', Die Kunst für Alle, 1907, vol. 22, pp. 201-16, repr. f.p. 211.

Newspapers 1906-Present

  • 'New Acquisitions at the Tate', The Times, London, 14 November 1950, p. 4, repr. p. 6.


  • 'Lost Symphony', Freer Gallery of Art website.
  • Tate website at


  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. no. 257-59).


  • Parkerson, Sarah Lawrence, Variations in Gold: The Stylistic Development of the Picture Frames used by James McNeill Whistlers, PhD thesis, University of Glasgow, 2007.

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