James McNeill Whistler and Watercolour: Making and Meaning

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James McNeill Whistler
American: 1834–1903
Shop Front: Dieppe 1897/9
Pen, brown ink, chalk, watercolour and gouache
The Whistler Estate, presented by Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1935

This quick sketch was painted outdoors, possibly during a visit to Pourville-sur-Mer in 1899. Washes of transparent as well as more opaque watercolour were applied to selected areas; the shutters and bird cages were left uncoloured. Whistler uses the hard edges that result from the drying of the washes, where pigment tends to accumulate at the edges of the ‘stain’, to define the composition. The paper mounted card was supplied by W. Holland, London. GLAHA 46265

Shop Front: Dieppe 1897/9