Detail from The Canal, Amsterdam, 1889, James McNeill Whistler, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

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Sketch of woman


  • 1883: given, according to the inscription, by the sculptor Frederick Lawless (1847-1929), to a friend, 'Charles Le Cocq de Lautreppe'.
  • 1903: possibly with William Stephen Marchant (1868-1925) , London dealer.
  • By 1918: owned by Albert Eugene Gallatin (1882-1952) , Plainfield, New Jersey;
  • 1920: probably the 'Figure' bought from Gallatin by Knoedler, New York dealers, and sold to Charles B. Eddy (1872-1951) in March 1920 (#WC1378);
  • 1921: 'Figure Sketch' bought from Eddy by Colnaghi, London dealers, and, jointly, Knoedler, in July 1921 (#WC1469 and A3043).
  • 1928: bought on 4 December from Charles Sessler (1854-1935) , Philadelphia dealer, by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971) ;
  • 1943: given to the National Gallery of Art;
  • 1980: moved from Alverthorpe to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

The early provenance is unclear.

'Le Cocq de Lautreppe' may have been Charles de Lautreppe (b. ca 1858) who was possibly a journalist and a painter, either French or American, writing for the Cosmopolitan Magazine and Nation in the late 1880s and 1890s.

See further details in MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 895).


  • 1903: possibly Watercolours, Pastels, Drawings in Black and White, Sculptures and Bronzes By British and Foreign Artists Including A Selection of Works by H. B. Brabazon, and A Group of Works by the late James McNeill Whistler, W. Marchant & Co., Goupil Gallery, London, 1903 (cat. no. 181) as 'Lady Walking'.

Last updated: 20th February 2021 by Margaret