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Nocturne: Battersea Bridge

James McNeill Whistler , (American, 1834-1903)

Pastel on brown paper
H: 18.4 W: 28.1 cm
United States

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1904.64a-c

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This vivid pastel is a preliminary study for a two-panel japonesque screen that Whistler painted in 1872 for his patron Frederick R. Leyland (1831–1892). The only screen that Whistler ever painted, Blue and Silver: Screen, with Old Battersea Bridge is now in the Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland. The view is towards London, with the Chelsea clock-tower behind the bridge to the left.