The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler

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The smuggler's cave

The smuggler's cave

Artist: James McNeill Whistler
Date: 1849/1851
Collection: Rhode Island School of Design
Accession Number: 1994.030.4
Medium: pen and ink and wash
Support: paper
Size: 1 ¾ x 1 3/8" (44 x 35 mm)
Signature: none
Inscription: none

Date

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.

Images

The Smuggler's Cave, Rhode Island School of Design
The Smuggler's Cave, Rhode Island School of Design

Subject

Description

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.

Technique

Technique

A very rough sketch in pen on grey, with light areas scraped out.

History

Provenance

Photostats of drawings owned by Edward L. Hyde were sent to Joseph Pennell (1860-1926) in 1924, but have not been located.

Exhibitions

It was not exhibited in Whistler's lifetime.

Bibliography

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