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Identification and Creation
Object Number
James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American (Lowell, MA 1834 - 1903 London, England)
Harmony in Blue and Silver: Beaching the Boat, Étretat
Work Type
c. 1897
Creation Place: North America, United States
Physical Descriptions
Oil on wood panel
13.6 x 23.5 cm (5 3/8 x 9 1/4 in.)
framed: 29.5 x 40 x 4.5 cm (11 5/8 x 15 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.c. Butterfly monogram
  • label: verso, on panel, printed text: THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO / "A CENTURY OF PROGRESS" / INTERNATIONAL LOAN EXHIBITION OF FINE ARTS / ARTIST [typewritten:] James McNeill Whistler / TITLE [typewritten:] Beaching the Boat / LENDER'S NAME [typewritten:] Mr. & Mrs. Hunt Henderson / LENDER'S ADDRESS [typewritten:] New Orleans, La.
  • inscription: verso of panel, ink: Blue & Silver [?] / Beaching the Boat
Purchased from the artist by Hon. Judge William Evans, 1901, sold; to [Scott and Fowles, New York, 1916] sold; to Hunt Henderson, 1917, bequest; to Tulane University, 1939, sold [through Macdonald Gallery, New York]; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, April 1941, 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

New Gallery, Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the Late J. McNeill Whistler, exh. cat. (London, England, 1905), no. 55 p. 98

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. 407, p. 217

Elizabeth Robins Pennell and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, J. B. Lippincott/W. Heinemann (Philadelphia, PA and London, England, 1908), reproduced vol. II, opp. page 184

Bernhard Sickert, Whistler, Duckworth & Co. (London, England, 1908), no. 173, p. 173

Andrew McLaren Young and Margaret F. MacDonald, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, 1980), vol. I, p. 209, no. 483, and vol. II, reproduced in b/w, pl. 311

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 University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 435-36, cat. no. 462, reproduced in b&w, p. 462

Exhibition History

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

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

Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977

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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