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Nocturne in Blue and Silver: The Lagoon, Venice

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Like Mary Cassatt [42.178], James Abbott McNeill Whistler lived an expatriate life abroad. One of the nineteenth century’s most influential painters, Whistler was also one of its most colorful personalities. He ignored his roots in Lowell, Massachusetts, preferring people to believe he had...

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Lower right: butterfly cartouche; Reverse: Nocturne Blue & Silver/The Lagoon Venice—/by J. McNeill Whistler—


1879-80, the artist; November 25, 1903, Hotel Drouot, Paris, lot 1 to William S. Marchant of Goupil Gallery, London; 1904, sold by Goupil Gallery to Richard A. Canfield (1855-1914), New York; 1914, sold by Richard Canfield to M. Knoedler & Co., New York; 1914, sold by M. Knoedler & Co. to Anna Blaksley Barnes (Mrs. William H.) Bliss (1851-1935), New York; by descent to her daughter, Mildred Barnes (Mrs. Robert Woods) Bliss (1879-1969), Washington, D.C.; 1942, sold by Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss to the MFA for $9,000. (Accession Date: June 9, 1942)

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Emily L. Ainsley Fund



50.16 x 65.4 cm (19 3/4 x 25 3/4 in.)

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Oil on canvas