The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler

YMSM 456
Sea, Honfleur

Sea, Honfleur

Artist: James McNeill Whistler
Date: 1896
Collection: Whereabouts Unknown
Accession Number: none
Medium: oil
Support: wood
Size: unknown
Signature: unknown
Inscription: unknown
Frame: unknown

Date

Sea, Honfleur dates from July 1896. 1

It was probably painted in Honfleur when Whistler wrote to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), 'I have not been able to manage anything in the way of painting ... However, if fine tomorrow, I may bring away a bit of the sea.' 2 On his return, on 21 July Whistler told the London art dealer David Croal Thomson (1855-1930) that he had been away, and could show him 'a little panel.' 3 On the following day he wrote to his friend, the New York art dealer, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932) that Brown and Gold: The Curé's Little Class y455 and 'the tiny sea bit you brought back are sold "en bloc" this afternoon.' 4 It was in fact sold to D. C. Thomson of the Goupil Gallery, but Whistler's later correspondence with Thomson does not mention a panel that can be associated with this seascape.

Images

Sea, Honfleur,  Whereabouts unknown
Sea, Honfleur, Whereabouts unknown

Subject

Titles

Only one title has been suggested:

Description

A small seascape.

Site

Honfleur is a busy and picturesque French port on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine across from Le Havre. Shortly after the death of his wife, visited Honfleur for a few days with Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932).

It is possible that other seascapes by Whistler, of Dieppe for instance, could have been confused with this.

Technique

Technique

Unknown.

Conservation History

Unknown.

Frame

Unknown.

History

Provenance

Whistler told Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932) that Brown and Gold: The Curé's Little Class y455 and 'the tiny sea bit you brought back are sold "en bloc" this afternoon.' 6

Exhibitions

It was not exhibited, as far as is known, in Whistler's lifetime.

Bibliography

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Monographs

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Websites

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Other


Notes:

1: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 456).

2: [18 July 1896], GUW #04666.

3: 21 July [1896], GUW #08419.

4: 23 July 1896, GUW #09756.

5: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 456).

6: 23 July 1896, GUW #09756.