Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl dates from 1864. 1
1863: In March Whistler moved to 7 Lindsey Row, which is the setting for Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl [YMSM 052].
1864: The portrait was originally signed and dated '1864'. The photograph of Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl by Hanfstaengl, Munich, reproduced above, and reproductions in the Art Journal (1894 and 1900), Mir Iskusstva (1903), and by Muther (1894), show the date ‘1864’ after the signature. 2
1865: It was exhibited at the 97th Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1865 (cat. no. 530) as 'The Little White Girl'.
1900: After incurring some minor damage, the painting was retouched by Whistler in Paris. 4 The date, originally painted at upper right, was removed at some time, possibly ̶ as suggested by the Pennells ̶ in 1900, when Whistler was working on the painting. 5
2: Muther 1894 [more], repr. p. 529. Art Journal December 1894 [more], repr. p. 359. Anon., ‘Dzh. Uistler’, Mir Iskusstva, 9, 1903, pp. 61-69, repr. p. 62. Art Journal special number, October 1900 [more], repr.
Last updated: 4th March 2020 by Margaret