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Identification and Creation
Object Number
James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American (Lowell, MA 1834 - 1903 London, England)
Brown and Gold: Lillie "In our Alley!"
Work Type
c. 1896
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
51.2 x 30.7 cm (20 3/16 x 12 1/16 in.)
framed: 71.1 x 51.4 x 7 cm (28 x 20 1/4 x 2 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • stamp: verso, center strecher, black ink: Maison CHAPUIS / [illegible text] / [illegible text] / 20, Quai de la Magisserie / 3 Rue les Bonrodonnais [?], 2
  • stamp: verso of frame, impressed: M. Grieve / Hand Carved / New York and London
Sold by the artist to J.J. Cowan, Edinburgh, February 8, 1899. Hunt Henderson, by 1934, bequest; to Tulane University, 1939, sold [through Macdonald Gallery, New York]; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, April 1941, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, exh. cat. (London, 1899)

Thomas R. Way, The Art of James McNeill Whistler: An Appreciation, George Bell and Sons, Ltd. (London, England, 1903), p. 50; reproduced opposite p. 50

New Gallery, Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the Late J. McNeill Whistler, exh. cat. (London, England, 1905), no. 18, p. 81, reproduced opposite p. 44

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. 379, p. 213

Elizabeth Robins Pennell and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, J. B. Lippincott/W. Heinemann (Philadelphia, PA and London, England, 1908), vol. II, p. 205, 207, 224; reproduced opposite p. 204

Bernhard Sickert, Whistler, Duckworth & Co. (London, England, 1908), no. 116, p. 167

T. Martin Wood, Whistler: Masterpieces in Color, ed. T. Lehman Hare, T. C. & E. C. Jack (London, England, 1908), reproduced plate V, opposite p. 38

James Laver, Whistler, Cosmopolitan Book Corporation (New York, NY, 1930), p. 285

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 94, ill.

Andrew McLaren Young and Margaret F. MacDonald, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, Yale University Press (New Haven, 1980), vol. I, no. 464, p. 203, and vol. II, reproduced in b/w pl. 298

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), pp. 477-478, cat. 219, ill.

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), pp. 494-95, cat. 219, ill.

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. 433, cat. no. 460, reproduced in color

Exhibition History

Twelfth Summer Exhibition, New Gallery, London, 04/24/1899 - 08/07/1899

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

Paintings, Etchings and Lithographs by James M. Whistler, Kennedy and Co., New York, 11/01/1916 - 12/09/1916

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004

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