recto Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.610
People
James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American (Lowell, MA 1834 - 1903 London, England)
Title
Design for Matting; verso: Design for Panelling
Other Titles
Former Title: Design with Flowers
Former Title: Ornamental Design
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1873 -1875
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/308003
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black, white, and blue pastel on brown wove paper
Dimensions
28.2 x 18.4 cm (11 1/8 x 7 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l.: butterfly monogram
  • label: removed from old mount, now in curatorial file, paper, printed: Scott & Fowles / Dealers in High Class Paintings / 667 Fifth Avenue / New York.
  • inscription: upper right, graphite: 1442
  • inscription: lower left, graphite: [difficult to decipher--see file for transcription]
Provenance
Dowdeswell Gallery, London; their sale to Colnaghi, London, March 28, 1917; their sale to Scott and Fowles, New York, June 1921; Hunt Henderson, New Orleans; his bequest to Tulane University, 1939; its sale to Grenville L. Winthrop, April 1941; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.610
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Dorothy W. Gillerman, ed., Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1969), p. 244

David Park Curry, "Whistler and Decoration", The Magazine Antiques (November 1984), pp. 1186-1199, fig. 9 (recto only)

David Park Curry, James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art, exh. cat., Freer Gallery of Art / W.W. Norton & Co. (New York and Washington, DC, 1984), p. 185, fig. 106.1 (recto only)

Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler: A Reexamination, ed. Ruth E. Fine, National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C., 1987), reproduced, fig. 10, p. 73

Deanna Marohn Bendix, Diabolical Designs: Paintings, Interiors, and Exhibitions of James McNeill Whistler, exh. cat., Smithsonian Institution Press (Washington, DC, 1995), pg. 111

Richard Dorment and Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1995), reproduced under no. 73, p. 158

Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours: A Catalogue Raisonné, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1995), pp. 182 - 183, no 493 (recto and verso), reproduced

Jane Turner, The Encyclopedia of American Art before 1914, Macmillan Publishers Limited (London, England, 2000), p. 627

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. 470-71, cat. 214, 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), p. 486, cat. 214, ill.

David Park Curry, James McNeill Whistler: Uneasy Pieces, exh. cat., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Quantuck Lane Press (Richmond, VA, 2004), pp. 136, 137, fig. 4.29

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. 411-412, cat. no. 440 A & B, reproduced in b&w, p.412

Exhibition History

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

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