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Identification and Creation
Object Number
James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American (Lowell, MA 1834 - 1903 London, England)
Sunset; Red and Gold--The Gondolier
Other Titles
Former Title: Riva degli Schiavoni at Sunset
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Pastel on brown wove paper
19.2 x 28.5 cm (7 9/16 x 11 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: black crayon and orange pastel, l.r.: butterfly monogram
  • inscription: recto, lower right, a butterfly monogram
Mme. Blanche Marchesi; J.P. Heseltine; his sale to Colnaghi, London, July 16, 1926; Alphonse Kann; his sale to Grenville L. Winthrop through Martin Birnbaum, December 1, 1927; 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
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

"Art: Venice Pastels", The Observer [London] (London, England, February 6, 1881), supplement section, p. 1

"Mr. Whistler's Venice Pastels.", Pan (February 5, 1881)

"Venice in Pastel", St. James's Gazette (February 9, 1881), p. 69

Thomas R. Way, The Art of James McNeill Whistler: An Appreciation, George Bell and Sons, Ltd. (London, England, 1903), p. 93

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. 397, p. 216

Thomas R. Way, Memories of James McNeill Whistler, the Artist, John Lane Co. (New York, 1912), reproduced, facing p. 52

Denys Sutton, James McNeill Whistler: Paintings, Etchings, Pastels and Watercolors, Phaidon Press (London, England, 1966), no. 89, p. 193, reproduced pl. 89

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

Andrew McLaren Young and Margaret F. MacDonald, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, Yale University Press (New Haven, 1980), p. 124

Nicholas Wadley, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Drawing, Dutton Studio Books, New York (New York, NY, 1991), color plate XII

Robert H. Getscher, James Abbott McNeill Whistler Pastels (New York, 1991), pp. 122 - 123, 181 - 182, no. 42

Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours: A Catalogue Raisonné, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1995), pp. 302 - 303, no. 806, reproduced in color

Alastair Grieve, Whistler's Venice, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 2000), fig. 213 (color), p. 165

Margaret F. MacDonald, Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice, exh. cat., Lund Humphries (Berkeley, CA and Los Angeles, 2001), fig. 47 (color), p. 45

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. 474-75, cat. 217, 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. 490-91, cat. 217, ill.

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., American Watercolors and Pastels 1875-1950 at the Fogg Art Museum, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2006), checklist

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. 416-419, cat. no. 445, reproduced in color, p. 417

Exhibition History

Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 01/29/1881 - 04/01/1881

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

American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950, at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/2006 - 06/25/2006

Subjects and Contexts

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