Nocturne: Grey and Silver--Chelsea Embankment, Winter
- Oil painting
- Artist: James McNeill Whistler (United States, 1834-1903)
- Historical period(s)
- ca. 1879
- Oil on canvas
- H x W: 62.6 x 47.5 cm (24 5/8 x 18 11/16 in)
- United States
- Credit Line
- Gift of Charles Lang Freer
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- Following a suggestion by his patron Frederick Richards Leyland, Whistler used the musical term Nocturne to title more than thirty paintings of London after dark that he created in the 1870s. When this painting was exhibited in Glasgow in 1879, a local journalist described it as fresh from the easel of this artist . . . a nocturne, the Thames by moonlight, with ice coming down the river, an effect seen by Mr. Whistler only the other night. The immediacy of the subject exists in delicate tension with the decorative quality of the overall design, with its fluid, thin washes of pigment, clearly defined boundaries, and extreme, tilted perspective.
G. N. Stevens, Virginia Water, England 
From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from G. N. Stevens, Virginia Water, England in 1902 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 Undated folder sheet note, Object file. See also Original Whistler List, Paintings, pg. 5, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
- Former owner
- G. N. Stevens (C.L. Freer source)
G. N. Stevens (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- Collection(s) Area
- American Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum