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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.167
People
James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American (Lowell, MA 1834 - 1903 London, England)
Title
Violet and Blue: The Red Feather
Other Titles
Former Title: Girl with a Red Feather
Former Title: Chelsea Girl
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1896-1900
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/230329
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
50.8 x 31 cm (20 x 12 3/16 in.)
framed: 73.7 x 53.7 x 7 cm (29 x 21 1/8 x 2 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: verso, upper left of frame, printed text: THE BROOKLYN INSTITUTE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES / BROOLYN MUSEUM / Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue / Brooklyn, N. Y. / Artist [typewritten:] Whistler [handwritten, graphite:] W9421 / Title [typewritten:] Chelsea [label is cutoff]
  • inscription: verso, upper left of frame, black ink: 131
Provenance
The artist, sold; to Charles Hessele, Paris, c. 1901. James Staats Forbes, before 1905. Mrs. Romaine Brooks, Capri and Paris. George Bernheim, Paris. Kelekian Collection, New York, by 1921. [American Art Association, January 20-31, 1923], sold; to [Kennedy & Co., New York]. Alfred Ramage, Oil City, PA. [Jacques Seligmann and Co., New York], sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, March 28, 1928, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.167
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

New Gallery, Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the Late J. McNeill Whistler, exh. cat. (London, England, 1905), p. 75, no. 4, reproduced opposite p. 32

Elisabeth Luther Cary, The Works of James McNeill Whistler: A Study with a Tentative List of the Artist's Work, Moffat, Yard and Company (New York, 1907), no. 368

Bernhard Sickert, Whistler, Duckworth & Co. (London, England, 1908), no. 161

Elizabeth Robins Pennell and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, J. B. Lippincott/W. Heinemann (Philadelphia, PA and London, England, 1911), reproduced opposite p. 392

Andrew McLaren Young and Margaret F. MacDonald, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, Yale University Press (New Haven, 1980), vol. I: no. 503, p. 215; vol. II: reproduced in b/w pl 323

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard Art Museums and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 434-35, cat. no. 461, reproduced in color, p. 461

Exhibition History

Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler: First President of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, London, 02/22/1905 - 04/15/1905

Unidentified Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, 1921, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, 01/01/1921 - 12/31/1921

Unidentified Exhibition, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 1922, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, 01/01/1922 - 12/31/1922

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