The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler

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The Game of Chess (Gracie's Album, p. 45)

The Game of Chess (Gracie's Album, p. 45)

Artist: James McNeill Whistler
Date: 1851/1852
Collection: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession Number: F1908.10a
Medium: pen, black ink and pencil
Support: cream wove paper within an embossed filigree oval, with publisher's name 'ROCK'
Size: 1 15/16 x 3 3/8" (50 x 85 mm)
Signature: 'J. Whistler.'
Inscription: 'The Game of Chess.'

Date

The Game of Chess (Gracie's Album, p. 45) dates from between 1851 and 1852. Archibald Gracie jr (1832-1864) was a fellow cadet at West Point.

The Game of Chess, Gracie's Album, p. 45, Freer Gallery of Art
The Game of Chess, Gracie's Album, p. 45, Freer Gallery of Art

The drawing is fully catalogued in MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 80).

Images

The Game of Chess, Gracie's Album, p. 45, Freer Gallery of Art
The Game of Chess, Gracie's Album, p. 45, Freer Gallery of Art

Subject

Description

The Game of Chess, Gracie's Album, p. 45, Freer Gallery of Art
The Game of Chess, Gracie's Album, p. 45, Freer Gallery of Art

A game of chess played by two prisoners under the eyes of a uniformed guard, in a room lit by a barred window.

Technique

Technique

The Game of Chess, Gracie's Album, p. 45, Freer Gallery of Art
The Game of Chess, Gracie's Album, p. 45, Freer Gallery of Art

See MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 80).

History

Provenance

Archibald Gracie jr was a West Point graduate who became a Confederate brigadier general and died at the siege of Petersburg during the American civil war.

See further details in MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 79).

Exhibitions

It was not, as far as is known, exhibited in Whistler's lifetime. By the terms of Freer's will, it cannot be lent to another venue.

Bibliography

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