James McNeill Whistler and Watercolour: Making and Meaning


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James McNeill Whistler
American: 1834–1903
Gold and grey - The Sunny Shower, Dordrecht 1884
Watercolour Signed with a butterfly
The Whistler Estate, presented by Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1935

Whistler's work may have been interrupted by a rain shower since the residue of water droplets is detectible on the surface of the paper. While the central area has been worked up with fine brushstrokes, the rest has been little more than blocked in, in warm tones of grey wash. The work was exhibited by Dowdeswell's, London, in 1886, and at Wunderlich’s, New York in 1889. GLAHA 46095

Gold and grey - The Sunny Shower, Dordrecht 1884