James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

Design for a Fan

James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Design for a Fan
watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper
6 7/8 x 19 ½ in. (17.5 x 49.5 cm.)
Executed circa 1870.
(Possibly) Sotheby's, London, 9 December 1889, lot 1139 (as Sketch for a Fan, in Japanese style, in colours).
Private collection, acquired from above.
Charles H. Hannon, London, by 1904.
H.L. Sternberg, England.
Estate of the above.
Christie's, London, 24 February 1928, lot 51.
D.C. Thomson, London, acquired from the above.
Sir James Dodds, Lima, Peru, 1950.
Lady Dodds, wife of the above, by descent.
Sotheby's, London, 20 April 1966, lot 11.
Anthony D'Offay Fine Art, London, acquired from the above.
D. Owsley, 1966.
R.H. Love Galleries, Chicago, Illinois, 1987.
Pfeil Collection, Chicago, Illinois, acquired from the above.
The Jordan-Volpe Gallery, Inc., New York.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1996.
"London Exhibitions," Art Journal, 1904, p. 98, illustrated.
E.R. Pennell, J. Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, vol. 1, London, 1908, pp. 144, 149, illustrated.
E.R. Pennell, J. Pennell, "Whistler as Decorate," Century Magazine, vol. LXXXIII, February 1912, p. 512, illustrated.
D.C. Thompson, Barbizon House: An Illustrated Record, London, 1928, p. 10, illustrated (as Ladies on the Seashore. Design for A Fan).
A.M. Young, et al., The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven, Connecticut, 1980, p. 49.
M.F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels and Watercolors, A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven, Connecticut, 1995, pp. 135-36, no. 392, illustrated.
Knightsbridge, England, International Society of Sculptors, Painters, and Gravers, New Gallery, Fourth Exhibition, January-March 1904, no. 154a (as Study for a Fan).
London, New Gallery, Regent Street, Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the Late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculpture, Painters, and Gravers, February 22-April 15, 1905, no. 116.
London, Anthony D'offay Fine Art, Important and Interesting Paintings and Drawings of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, July 1966, no. 11, illustrated.
New York, M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., Notes, Harmonies, Nocturnes, November 30-December 27, 1984, no. 55, illustrated.
Tokyo, Japan, Isetan Museum of Art; Sapporo, Japan, Hokkiado Museum of Modern Art; Shizuoka, Japan, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum; Osaka, Japan, Daimaru Museum, James McNeill Whistler, September 24, 1987-January 25, 1988, no. 55, illustrated.
Columbus, Georgia, Columbus Museum of Art; Baltimore, Maryland, The Walters Art Gallery; New York, National Academy of Design; Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Philbrook Museum of Art, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum; Miami, Florida, Center for the Fine Arts; Memphis, Tennessee, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens; Honolulu, Hawaii, Honolulu Academy of the Arts; Birmingham, Alabama, Birmingham Museum of Art; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Milwaukee Art Museum, Masterworks of American Impressionism from the Pfeil Collection, February 1992-June 5, 1994, pp. 272-73, no. 86, illustrated.

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Lot Essay

Margaret MacDonald writes of the present work, "The women bending in the breeze, with rippling draperies, resemble figures in the 'Six Projects' of 1867-8 and in particular Symphony in Blue and Pink (Freer Gallery, [Washington, D.C.]). The drawing may have been a study for the oil, in which the figures are closer together and the colours darker...Charles Hazlewood Shannon (1863-1937), the first owner, and Charles Ricketts (1866-1931) are best-known for their cover designs and illustrations for Oscar Wilde. Effete and mannered as both artist and person, Shannon was called the 'Orchid' by Wilde." (James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels and Watercolors, A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven, Connecticut, 1995, p. 135-36)

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