James McNeill Whistler and Watercolour: Making and Meaning


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James McNeill Whistler
American: 1834–1903
An Orange Note – Booths, Paris 1885/6
Watercolour Signed with a butterfly
The Whistler Estate, presented by Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1935

Whistler's interest here is the activity in and around the shop windows. Flickering brushwork, often softened at the edges, creates a surface liveliness that is punctuated with dots of creamy gouache. The watercolour was probably painted in Paris in September 1885, probably exhibited in 1886 in Whistler's one-man exhibition at Dowdeswell's, London, by Petit in Paris in 1887, and exhibited by Wunderlich & Co., New York, in 1889. GLAHA 46099

An Orange Note – Booths, Paris 1885/6