The Smuggler's Cave, drawn at Christ Church School, Pomfret, CT, between 1849 and 1851, was given to Whistler's schoolmate Edward Lawrence Hyde (1835-1917).
It is listed in MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 32). This entry has been revised.
The Smuggler's Cave, Rhode Island School of Design
Four men, one seated facing front, holding a pistol. one sitting on the ground in the foreground to right, and two standing behind him, holding muskets. At front left, a barrel lies on the ground. A cave entrance is roughly indicated at the top.
A very rough sketch in pen on grey, with light areas scraped out.
1849/1851: given to Whistler's schoolmate Edward Lawrence Hyde (1835-1917), in Pomfret, CT;
1917: bequeathed to his wife Imogine Adell Hyde née Clarke (b. 1847);
By 1924: according to her niece, Mary E. Hyde, Boston, given to her sister in California;
1936: owned by her sisters Laura, Bessie and Lillian Hyde in California, and passed by family descent to Silvia Hyde Rhodes, then to Imogene Hyde Alexieff (1907-1995), Mrs Theodore Stephen Alexieff; and to her son Stephen Theodore Alexieff (b. 1932);
1994: gift of Steven P. Alexeiff in honour of Professor and Mrs Albert Simonson to Rhode Island School of Design.
Photostats of drawings owned by Edward L. Hyde were sent to Joseph Pennell (1860-1926) in 1924, but have not been located.
It was not exhibited in Whistler's lifetime.
- MacDonald, Margaret F., James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven and London, 1995 (cat. no. 32) as 'The smuggler's cave'.
- Pressly, Nancy D., 'Whistler in America: An Album of Early Drawings', Metropolitan Museum Journal, New York, vol. 5, 1972, pp. 125-54 (no. 11f).
- RISD website at https://risdmuseum.org/art-design/collection, as 'Smuggler's Cave'.