Harmony in Brown and Gold: Old Chelsea Church

James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903)
Probably 1884
Oil on wood panel
Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Chelsea Old Church, located a few blocks from Whistler’s home at 101 Cheyne Walk, is a prominent feature in the artist’s depictions of the Chelsea skyline. When Whistler’s mother moved from America to England to live with her son in 1864, she became a member of the congregation on Church Street. Through the church, she was able to forge connections in her new neighborhood.

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