James McNeill Whistler - The Little Note in Yellow and Gold, 1886

James McNeill Whistler (Lowell, Massachusetts, 1834 - 1903, London)

The Little Note in Yellow and Gold, 1886

Chalk and pastel on brown paper, 27 x 14 cm (10 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.)


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Commissioned by Isabella Stewart Gardner from James McNeill Whistler, London, 30 October 1886 for 100 guineas.


Signed (center right): Whistler's butterfly signature

Dimension Notes

Frame: 49.85 x 37.47 cm (19 5/8 x 14 3/4 in.)


Catalogue. Fenway Court. (Boston, 1903), p. 18. (as "Pastel," by Whistler)
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 201.
Morris Carter. Isabella Stewart Gardner and Fenway Court (Boston, 1925; Reprint, Boston, 1972), pp. 103-05.
Morris Carter. "Mrs. Gardner & The Treasures of Fenway Court" in Alfred M. Frankfurter (ed.). The Gardner Collection (New York, 1946), p. 6, ill. 3.
Corinna Lindon Smith. Interesting People (Norman, Oklahoma, 1962), p. 156.
“Notes, Records, Comments.” Gardner Museum Calendar of Events 6, no. 19 (6 Jan. 1963), p. 1. (excerpting Morris Carter, pp. 103-05)
Philip Hendy. European and American Paintings in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1974), pp. 292-93 (as "Mrs. Gardner in Yellow and Gold").
Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours, a Catalogue Raisonné (New Haven, 1995), pp. 412-13, no. 1116.
Alan Chong et al. (eds.) Eye of the Beholder: Masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 2003), pp. 196-97.
Cynthia Saltzman. Old Masters, New World: America’s Raid on Europe’s Great Pictures (New York: Penguin Books, 2008), p. 53.

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