James McNeill Whistler and Watercolour: Making and Meaning

Home > Resources > On-line exhibition > Off the Dutch coast 1883/4

James McNeill Whistler
American: 1834–1903
Off the Dutch coast 1883/4
Chalk and pastel Signed with a butterfly
The Whistler Estate, presented by Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1935

The watercolour, spattered with water or spray, could have been painted at sea. Whistler exploits the coarse texture of the paper which breaks up the paint, layering choppy strokes of colour to lively effect. This may date from a trip to Scheveningen and Dordrecht with the watercolourist Joseph Jopling during the summer of 1884. GLAHA 46091

Off the Dutch coast 1883/4