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Identification and Creation
Object Number
James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American (Lowell, MA 1834 - 1903 London, England)
Sunday at Domburg
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor and white gouache on off-white wove paper
15 x 24.8 cm (5 7/8 x 9 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Watercolor, l.l. center, butterfly monogram
  • exhibition label: back of frame, paper: no. 69
  • exhibition label: back of frame, paper: no. L. 78.90, catalogue no. 83
  • exhibition label: 1994-1995, back of frame, paper: no. 155 1994 - 95
  • exhibition label: back of frame, paper: no. 155
  • exhibition label: back of frame, paper: [printed address label]
  • exhibition label: back of frame, paper: No. 155; Dex. ID # 30.
  • inscription: back of frame, watercolor: [noted in conservation file:] 1048 - 1073
Bequest of the artist to his sister-in-law and executor Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1903; her gift to E. F. J. Deprez, 1905; sold after his death by Christie's, London, June 18, 1916; purchased at that sale by Colnaghi and Knoedler; sold by them to Steven C. Clark in New York, NY, October 1916; returned by him to Knoedler, February 1917; sold by them to Edward D. Bettens, February 1917.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Edward D. Bettens to the Louise E. Bettens Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

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. 258

Edward Detraz Bettens, Painter and Patron, [Privately printed] (New York, NY, 1918), p. 26, reproduced f. 22

Elizabeth Robins Pennell and Joseph Pennell, The Whistler Journal, J. B. Lippincott and Co. (Philadelphia, PA, 1921), pp. 191 - 192

Albert E. Gallatin, American Water-Colourists, E. P. Dutton & Co. (New York, NY, 1922), p. xii, reproduced

Exhibition of Oils, Water-colors, Drawings and Prints by James McNeill Whistler, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, 1934), no. 34

Alan Burroughs, A History of American Watercolor Painting, exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY, 1942), no. 74

James W. Lane, Whistler, Crown Publishers Inc. (New York, NY, 1942), p. 63, reproduced

Betsy G. Fryberger, Whistler: Themes and Variations, exh. cat., Stanford University Museum of Art (Stanford, CA, 1978), p. 76, no. 83, reproduced

Anne Koval, Whistler in his Time, Tate Publishing (London, England, 1994), no. 155, reproduced in color

Richard Dorment and Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1995), pg. 236, cat. 155, repro.

Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours: A Catalogue Raisonné, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1995), pp. 580 - 581, no. 1613, reproduced

J. F. Heijbroek and Margaret F. MacDonald, Whistler and Holland, exh. cat., Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (Amsterdam, 1997), reproduced as color plate XXVII, fig. 153, pp. 127 - 128

Michael Conforti, James A. Ganz, and Neil Harris, The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings, exh. cat., Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute/Yale University Press (Williamstown, MA, 2006), p. 133 and repr. in color as fig. 111

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. 437, cat. 464, ill.

Exhibition History

Exhibition of Oils, Water-colors, Drawings and Prints by James McNeill Whistler, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 04/24/1934 - 05/13/1934

A History of American Watercolor Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 01/27/1942 - 02/25/1942

[Whistler Exhibition], Lyman Allen Museum, New London, 05/01/1949 - 06/13/1949

American Paintings from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Symphony Hall, Boston, 02/21/1958 - 03/15/1958

James McNeill Whistler, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 01/12/1968 - 02/25/1968; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, 03/17/1968 - 04/28/1968

James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903), Nationalgalerie Berlin, 10/04/1969 - 11/27/1969

Whistler: Theme and Variations, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, 01/16/1978 - 02/26/1978; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, 03/11/1978 - 04/16/1978; Stanford University Museum of Art, 05/02/1978 - 06/18/1978

Whistler: The Later Years, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, 08/27/1978 - 10/08/1978

James McNeill Whistler, Tate Britain, London, 10/13/1994 - 01/08/1995; Musée d'Orsay, Paris, 02/06/1995 - 04/30/1995; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 05/28/1995 - 08/20/1995

Whistler and Holland, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 08/16/1997 - 11/09/1997

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