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Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge

Photo credit: Tate

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This is one of Whistler's most controversial works and was produced as 'evidence' in the famous Whistler-Ruskin trial of 1878. It is the fifth in a series of Nocturnes, produced during the 1870s. Whistler's aim in these works was to convey a sense of the beauty and tranquility of the Thames by night. It was Frederick Leyland who first used the name 'nocturne' to describe these moonlit scenes, suggesting the concept of evening, or night, but with musical associations.

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Date

c.1872–5

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 68.3 x W 51.2 cm

Accession number

N01959

Acquisition method

Presented by the Art Fund 1905

Work type

Painting