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The Palace in Rags

James Abbott McNeil Whistler

American (1834-1903)

The Palace in Rags, 1879-80
Chalk and pastel on brown paper, 11 x 6 ½ inches


The artists’ cousin, Ross Winans, Baltimore, Maryland

Albert Rouillier Art Galleries, Chicago

Purchased from the above by Marshall Field, Chicago, 23 November 1915

Passed to his widow, later Mrs. Diego Suarez

Purchased from the above by Knoedler Galleries, New York, 15 June 1960

Purchased from the above by Norman B. Woolworth, May 1961

Purchased through R. M. Light, California by Agnew, London, 1974

Purchased by a Private Collection, London, 1974-2014


Country Gentlemen, 5 February 1881

Daily Telegraph, 5 February 1881

T.R. Way, Memories of James McNeill Whistler, the Artist, London and New York, 1912, pg. 52, no. 33, illustrated

Margaret F. MacDonald, Whistler, The Graphic Work: Amsterdam, Liverpool, London, Venice, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, 1976, pg. 26 & 44, no. 99, plate 6, illustrated

R. Dorment and Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler, New York, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1995, pg. 184-185, no. 105, illustrated

Alastair Grieve and Margaret F. MacDonald, Whistler in Venice, 1994

Margaret F. MacDonald, Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours: A Catalogue

Raisonné, New Haven and London, 1995, p. 283, no. 770, illustrated

Alastair Grieve, Whistler’s Venice, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2000, pg. 72-74, illustrated no. 75

Margaret F. MacDonald, Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice, Berkeley and Los Angeles, University of California Press, 2001, pg. 19, 21 (illustrated), 99

Eric Denker, Whistler and his Circle in Venice, London, Merrell Publishers Limited, 2003, pg. 26-27, fig. 6


London, Fine Arts Society, Venice Pastels, opened 29 January 1881, no. 33 as The Palace in Rags, lent by a private collection, Great Britain

New York, Kennedy & Co., Pastels, Etchings and Lithographs by Whistler, November 1914, no. 5 as titled

New York, Carroll Carstairs, Whistler Pastels and Water Colours, 12 January – 5 February 1938 (2)

New York and London, James McNeill Whistler, Arts Council Gallery, 1-24 September 1960; Knoedler Galleries, 2-30 November 1960, pg. 77-78, no. 80, lent by Mrs. Diego Suarez

New York, Coe Kerr Galleries, Drawings and Watercolours, 17th – 20th Centuries, January-February 1972

Margaret F. MacDonald, Whistler, The Graphic Work: Amsterdam, Liverpool,

London, Venice, T. Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London, 6-30 July 1976; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 20 August-26 September 1976; Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, 7 October-11 November 1976

Margaret F. MacDonald, Notes, Harmonies, Nocturnes, Knoedler & Co., 30 November-18 December 1984, no 88

R. Dorment and Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler, Tate Gallery, London, 13 October 1994-8 January 1995; Musee d’Orsay, Paris, 6 February-30 April 1995; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 28 May-20 August 1995, pg. 184-185, no. 105, illustrated

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