James McNeill Whistler - Three Girls, 1870-1875

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

Three Girls, 1870-1875

Pencil and watercolor on paper, 8.7 x 13.3 cm (3 7/16 x 5 1/4 in.) picture surface

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Accession number

P27w18

Provenance

Possibly entered the collection of the lithographic printer Thomas Way (1837-1915) from James McNeill Whistler on 18 September 1879.
Possibly returned to James McNeill Whistler by Thomas Way, about 1880-1881.
Possibly entered Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection through James McNeill Whistler, 1886 or 1892.

Bibliography

Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 249.
Deborah Gribbon. "Whistler's Sketch of an Unfinished Symphony." Fenway Court (1980), pp. 26-33, fig. 1. (as James McNeill Whistler, dated early 1870s; as probably a study for Whistler's The White Symphony (whereabouts unknown), as part of the Six Projects; as possibly purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from Whistler's studio in 1886 or 1889)
Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours, a Catalogue Raisonné (New Haven, 1995), pp. 426-27, no. 1163. (as possibly a gift from the artist to Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1892)


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