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Provenance

George John Cavafy, London, c. 1863; by descent 1891 to his son, John Cavafy, London; purchased 1892 by (Edward G. Kennedy, Wunderlich & Co., New York). purchased 1893 by Isaac Cook, Jr., Maine. acquired by (John Levy, New York), by 1918; James Parmelee [d. 1931], Cleveland and Washington; his widow, Alice Maury Parmelee, Washington; bequest 1941 to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; acquired 2014 by the National Gallery of Art.

Exhibition History
1911
The Home Exhibition: A Collection of Paintings Owned in St. Louis and Lent to the Museum, City Art Museum, St. Louis, 1911, no. 84.
1952
Sea and Shore, Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, 1952, no catalogue.
1953
Expatriates: Whistler, Cassatt, Sargent, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, 1952, no. 9.
1959
American National Exhibition, Sokol'niki Park, Moscow, 1959, not in catalogue.
1959
Loan Exhibition. Masterpieces of the Corcoran Gallery of Art: A Benefit Exhibition in Honor of the Gallery's Centenary, Wildenstein, New York, 1959, unnumbered catalogue, repro..
1966
Past and Present: 250 Years of American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 1966, unpublished checklist.
1968
James McNeill Whistler: Paintings, Pastels, Watercolors, Drawings, Etchings, Lithographs, Art Institute of Chicago; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, 1968, no. 9.
1977
London and the Thames: Paintings of Three Centuries, Department of the Environment at Somerset House, London, 1977, no. 65.
1978
The American Landscape Tradition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 1978, unpublished checklist.
1987
The Image of London: Views by Travellers and Emigrés, 1550-1920, Barbican Art Gallery, London, 1987, no. 159.
1994
James McNeill Whistler, Tate Gallery, London; Musée d'Orsay, Paris; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994-1995, no. 36.
1994
James McNeill Whistler, Tate Gallery, London; Musée d'Orsay, Paris; National Gallery of Art, Wshington, 1994-1995, no. 36.
1998
James McNeill Whistler, Walter Richard Sickert, Salas de Exposiciones de la Fundacion "la Caixa"; Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao, 1998, no. 1.
2003
The Impressionist Tradition in America, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 2003-2004, unpublished checklist.
2005
Encouraging American Genius: Master Paintings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Parrish Art Museum, Southampton; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte; John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, 2005-2007, checklist no. 33 (not shown in Washington).
2005
Monet's London: Artists' Reflections on the Thames 1859-1914, St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, Florida; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Baltimoe Museum of Art, 2004-2005, no. 46.
2008
The American Evolution: A History through Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 2008, unpublished checklist.
2009
American Paintings from the Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 6 June-18 October 2009, unpublished checklist.
2013
American Journeys: Visions of Place, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 21 September 2013-28 September 2014, unpublished checklist.
2013
An American in London: Whistler and the Thames, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover; Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, 2013-2014, no. 28.
Bibliography
1947
Corcoran Gallery of Art. Handbook of the American Paintings in the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, 1947: 45.
1959
Corcoran Gallery of Art. Masterpieces of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 1959: 53, repro.
1994
Dorment, Richard, and Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler. Exh. cat. Tate Gallery, London; Musée d'Orsay, Paris; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. London, 1994: no. 36, repro.
2011
Simpson, Marc. "James McNeil Whistler, Battersea Reach." In Corcoran Gallery of Art: American Paintings to 1945. Edited by Sarah Cash. Washington, 2011: 36, 128-129, 202, 265-266, repro.