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Grey and Pearl: Bank Holiday banners

Whistler, James Abbott McNeill (draughtsman)

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Grey and Pearl: Bank Holiday banners


Whistler, James Abbott McNeill (draughtsman) [ULAN info: American artist, 1834-1903]







Technique Description

watercolour on paper


height: 217 mm
width: 123 mm


1883 to 1884


bequeathed: Knowles, Guy John Fenton 1959 (Filtered for: Paintings, Drawings and Prints)


  1. signature
    Position: lower right-hand corner
    Description: butterfly monogram


  1. MacDonald, Margaret F. (1995) James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven & London
    [comments: no. 954]


The presence of the tricolour flag has led to suggestions that the scene represents a location on the Continent, possibly Scheveningen. However, as Margaret MacDonald has pointed out, Bank Holidays are a perculiary British institution and it seems more likely that it was painted at an English resort. At least four copies of this watercolour are known, either by a pupil, working alongside Whistler or as deliberate fakes, made from a colour reproductiion of this watercolour. One was with Sotheby's, Parke Bernet, New York, 11 April 1973 (37); another was exhibited in 'James McNeill Whistler', London Arts Council Gallery, 1960 (96), and two are in private collections in England and Washington.


watercolour (medium)
paper (support)

Accession Number

PD.75-1959 (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(Reference Number: 14375; Input Date: 2000-10-17 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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