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Nocturne: Furnace

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 208
Date: 1879/1880
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 171 x 233 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Second Venice Set', 1886
No. of States: 12
Known impressions: 46
Catalogues: K.213; M.210; W.183
Impressions taken from this plate  (46)


  • Kennedy, Edward G., The Etched Work of Whistler, New York, 1910 (cat. no. 213) 'Nocturne: Furnace'.
  • Mansfield, Howard, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Dry-Points of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Chicago, 1909 (cat. no. 210) 'Nocturne: Furnace'.
  • Wedmore, Sir Frederick, Whistler's Etchings: a Study and a Catalogue, London, 1886 (cat. no. 183) 'Furnace Nocturne'.

EXHIBITIONS 1855- 1905

  • Mr Whistler's Etchings, The Fine Art Society, London, 1883 (cat. no. 44) 'Furnace Nocturne'.
  • 50 Etchings and Drypoints (Venice Second Series), H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1883 (cat. no. 44) 'Furnace Nocturne'.
  • Mr. Whistler's Etchings, Hogarth Club, London, 1887.
  • Exhibition of Etchings, Drypoints. and Lithographs by Whistler, H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1898 (cat. no. 162) 'Furnace Nocturne'.
  • An Exhibition of Etchings and Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, The Caxton Club, 1900 (cat. no. E163) 'Furnace Nocturne'.
  • International Exhibition, Glasgow Art Galleries, Glasgow, 1901 (cat. no. 219) 'Furnace Nocturne'.
  • Exhibition of Etchings and Dry Points by Mr. Whistler, Frederick Keppel and Co., New York, 1902.
  • Catalogue of a Collection of Etchings, Dry Points and Lithographs, H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1903 (cat. no. 95) 'Furnace, Nocturne'.
  • Exhibition of Etchings by James McNeill Whistler, Obach and Co., London, 1903 (cat. no. 160) 'Furnace Nocturne'.
  • A Collection of Etchings and Dry Points by Whistler recently acquired, H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1903 (cat. nos. 146 a, b) 'Furnace Nocturne'.
  • Etchings and Dry-Points by James McNeill Whistler, The Grolier Club, New York, 1904 (cat. nos.185 a, b, c, d) 'Furnace Nocturne'.
  • Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Copley Hall, Boston, February 1904 (cat. no. 144) 'Furnace Nocturme'.
  • Etchings, Dry Points, And a few Drawings by Whistler, Frederick Keppel and Co., New York, 1904 (cat. nos. 90 a, b) 'Florence Nocturne'.
  • Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, Regent Street, London, 1905 (cat. no. 183) 'Furnace, Nocturne'.

REVIEWS 1855- 1905

  • Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Exhibition', Standard, London, 17 February 1883 (GUL PC 25/22).
  • Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Exhibition', Saturday Review, 24 February 1883 (GUL PC 25/32).
  • Anon., 'Fine Art. Mr. Whistler's Exhibition,' Bazaar, 28 February 1883 (GUL PC6/44).
  • Anon., 'The Whistler Exhibition,' New York Mail and Express, 24 October 1883 (GUL PC3/61, PC4/12).
  • Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Etchings', The Standard, London, 3 March 1887 (GUL PC7/18-19).

GENERAL 1855-1905

  • Mr Whistler's Etchings, The Fine Art Society, London, 1883 (cat. no. 44).
  • Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London, 1890, p. 102.


  • Prosaic Views, Poetic Vision, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, 1996 (cat. no. 47).
  • Getscher, Robert Harold, Whistler and Venice, Ph.D. dissertation, Case Western University, Cleveland, 1970.
  • Grieve, Alastair, Whistler's Venice, New Haven and London, 2000, p.176, fig. 228.
  • Drawing Near. Whistler Etchings from the Zelman Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1984 (cat. no. 41).
  • Lochnan, Katharine A., The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1984, pp. 191, 193, 232, 281 (no. 214).
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice, Aldershot and California, 2001. pp. 71, 78, 120, 124, 125-126, pl.127, 128.