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Nocturne in Blue and Silver

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American (Lowell, MA 1834 - 1903 London, England)
Nocturne in Blue and Silver, c. 1871-1872
Former Title: Nocturne in Blue and Silver No. 1
Former Title: Nocturne in Blue and Silver No. 5
Former Title: Nocturne in Blue and Silver: Cremorne Lights
Painting
American
,
19th century
Creation Place: United States
Oil on wood panel
44.5 x 61 cm (17 1/2 x 24 in.)
frame: 64.8 x 81.3 x 7.6 cm (25 1/2 x 32 x 3 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
, 1943.176
Department of American Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
,
Marks
signed: l.r.: Butterfly monogram
Provenance
Presented by Whistler to Frances (Mrs. Frederick R.) Leyland, before November 1872; acquired by Hunt Henderson after her death, after 1910; his bequest to Tulane University, 1939; its sale to Grenville L. Winthrop through Macdonald Gallery, New York, April 1941; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Bibliography
Thomas R. Way, The Art of James McNeill Whistler: An Appreciation, George Bell and Sons, Ltd. (London, England, 1903), p. 60, reproduced opposite p. 60

Bernhard Sickert, Whistler, Duckworth & and Co. (London, England, 1908), no. 45, p. 156

Elizabeth Robins Pennell and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, J. B. Lippincott/W. Heinemann (Philadelphia, PA and London, England, 1908), vol. I, p. 234, 239-240, repr. vol I p. 236

Elizabeth Robins Pennell and Joseph Pennell, The Whistler Journal, J. B. Lippincott and Co. (Philadelphia, PA, 1921), reproduced opposite p. 120

Edgar P. Richardson, "'Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket' by Whistler", The Art Quarterly (Winter 1947), pp. 2-11, ill. p. 11

Fogg Art Museum and Benjamin Rowland, Jr., Real and Ideal in American Art, exh. cat., (Cambridge, MA, Summer 1948), cat. 24

Tom Prideaux, The World of Whistler: 1834-1903, Time-Life Books (New York, NY, 1970), p. 109

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. 92, ill.

Stanley Weintraub, Whistler: A Biography, Weybright and Talley (New York, NY, 1974), p. 143

Andrew McLaren Young and Margaret F. MacDonald, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, 1980), vol. I, p. 69, no. 113 and color reproduction vol. II, pl 107

Caroline A. Jones, Modern Art at Harvard: The Formation of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums, exh. cat., Abbeville Press/Harvard University Art Museums (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, 1985), reproduced in color p. 54, fig. 46

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Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., ed. Stephan Wolohojian The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New York, NY, 2003), pp. 466-67, cat. 212, ill.

Exhibition History
Unidentified Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, 1877, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 05/01/1877 - 05/31/1877
Loan Exhibition of Paintings and Prints by James McNeill Whistler, courtesy of the Henderson Family of New Orleans, Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, 04/08/1937 - 04/23/1937
Real and Ideal in American Art, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1948 - 09/01/1948, 24
American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972, 92
Modern Art at Harvard, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/21/1985 - 01/05/1986
American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/01/1994 - 12/30/1994, 34
The Persistence of Memory: Continuity and Change in American Cultures, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/29/1995 - 05/13/2001
A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003, 212; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003, 212; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004, 212
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 -
Re-View: S424-426 Western Art from 1560 to 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011
Ancient to Modern, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2012 - 06/01/2013