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

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Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Little Blue Girl

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. 421) as 'Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Little Blue Girl', plates 278, 426-27.

Authored by Whistler

  • None.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 (cat. no. 26) as 'The Little Blue and Gold Girl'.
  • Comparative exhibition of native and foreign art, Society of Art Collectors, New York, 1904 (cat. no. 178) as 'The Little Blue and Gold Girl'.
  • Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 48) as 'The Little Blue and Gold Girl'.

Journals 1855-1905

  • Matsuki, Bunkio (ed.), 'Whistler Memorial Exhibition', Lotus, vol. 1, no. 1, (Special Holiday Number in Memoriam: James A. McNeill Whistler), December 1903, pp. 7-9, at p. 9.


  • None.

Books on Whistler

  • Cary, Elizabeth Luther, The Works of James McNeill Whistler: A Study, with a Tentative List of Artist’s Works, New York, 1907, p. 59 (cat. no. 26).
  • Curry, David Park, James McNeill Whistler: Uneasy Pieces, New York, 2004, pp. 204, 207, 414 n.98, frame repr. p. 206.
  • Laver, James, Whistler, 2nd edition, London, 1951, p. 129.
  • Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington, DC, and London, 1995, nos. 22-23, 26, 29-32, 37, 50, pp. 101-03, 107-08, 113-18, 122-25, 146-48.
  • Merrill, Linda, The Peacock Room. A Cultural Biography, New Haven and London, 1998, p. 321, fig. 7.15.
  • Petri, Grischka, Arrangement in Business: The Art Markets and the Career of James McNeill Whistler, Hildesheim, 2011, pp. 516-18, 534, 693.
  • Sickert, Bernhard, Whistler, London and New York, 1908, p. 167 (cat. no. 122).
  • Spencer, Robin, James McNeill Whistler, London, 2003, p. 19.
  • Sutherland, Daniel E., Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake, New Haven and London, 2014, p. 295.
  • Sutton, Denys, Nocturne: The Art of James McNeill Whistler, London, 1963, p. 124.

Books, General

  • Lawton, Thomas, Freer: a Legacy of Art, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1993, p. 47, fig. 33.

Catalogues 1906-Present


  • Stubbs, Burns A., Paintings, Pastels, Drawings, Prints and Copper Plates by and attributed to American and European Artists, together with a List of Original Whistleriana in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1948, pp. 14-15 (03.89, 03.308).
  • Curry, David Park, James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art, New York and London, 1984, pp. 152-52, 296, pl. 61.


  • 75th Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1906 (cat. no. 444) as.
  • Exhibited to the University of Michigan Club in the house of C. L. Freer, Detroit, 1914 (cat. no. 7).
  • Levine, Gary (ed.), La Femme. The Influence of Whistler and Japanese masters on American Art 1880-1917, New York, 1983, p. 38 (not exhibited).

Journals 1906-Present

  • Hobbs, Susan, 'A Connoisseur's Vision: The American Collection of Charles Lang Freer', American Art Review, vol. 4, August 1977, pp. 76-101, p. 96.
  • Houfe, Simon, 'Whistler in the Country: His Unrecorded Friendship with Lewis Jarvis,' Apollo, vol. 98, no. 140, October 1973, pp. 282-85, repr. p. 285.


  • Freer Gallery of Art website at


  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. no. 263).


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

Last updated: 7th June 2021 by Margaret