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"The Little Nocturne, Amsterdam" 1889

Royal Watermark; a crown over fleur de lys CRE WHISTLER, James McNeill; (American; 1834-1903) On previous visits to Amsterdam, Whistler had been fascinated by the reflections thrown by the houses built on the banks of the canal onto the surface of the water. He was keen to try to capture the effects of this in his etchings, and in 1888 he returned to Amsterdam with his wife, Beatrix, and produced a new series of Amsterdam etchings. In this nocturne image Whistler has successfully captured the mysterious and muted atmosphere of twilight. The etching plate for this work is also in the Hunterian collection (GLAHA 50480).
Birnie Philip Bequest, 1958.