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Blue and Grey—Unloading

Type
Oil painting
Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
ca. 1883-1884
Medium
Oil on wood panel
Dimension(s)
H x W (image): 8.9 x 14.9 cm (3 1/2 x 5 7/8 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1902.150a-b
Label
Only 3 1/2 x 5 7/8 inches in size, Blue and Grey: Unloading is one of several exceptionally small panels that Whistler completed in St. Ives in December 1883 or January 1884. The early Whistler collector H. H. Benedict must have been thinking of paintings like this when he commented about Whistler's "smaller things" that they were "superficially, the size of your hand, but, artistically, as a large as a continent." Benedict's remark is quoted in Charles Lang Freer to H. H. Benedict, November 28, 1901, Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

To 1902
Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934), London, to 1902 [1]

From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Henry Studdy Theobald, London, in August 1902 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] Undated folder note sheet, Object file. See also Original Whistler List, Purchases from Theobald, pg. 2, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Former owner
Henry Studdy Theobald (C.L. Freer source) (1847 - 1934)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Keyword(s)
beach, boat, cloud, ocean, United States, work
Collection(s) Area
American Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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