Drawing 14

Hastings Castle

Circle of James McNeill Whistler
Hastings Castle
Graphite on Whatman Turkey Mill 1853

1834 LOWELL – 1903 LONDON


A rare example of Cadet-era juvenilia, representing a series of sketches from his youthful first visit to England with his mother. Although not in the accepted canon of JAMES MCNEILL WHISTLER: Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné (Yale, 1995), Dr. Margaret Macdonald suggests they’re not in the style of the mature Whistler; these pages reflect a consciousness of the developing young artist that have the hallmarks of capturing nature, farm animals and the cursory effect of leaves on trees and birds flying above the fields, typical of Whistler’s details.


Graphite on Whatman Turkey Mill 1853 mould-made paper. String bound sketchbook with signatures to sketch pages. Miriam Stewart, Division of European and American Art Curator of the Collection at Harvard University inspected the binding and indicated that the paper, Turkey Mill 1853, was the standard of quality for the day, used by prominent draughtsmen, like John Singer Sargent, and other top-tier artists. Sketchpad is string bound.

N.B. Does not appear in the MacDonald catalogue raisonné, “James McNeill Whistler Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours”.


Price: $22,000.00