There are considerable gaps in the known provenance from 1905 on. Further details are given in MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 936).
It was listed in a draft of the Dowdeswell catalogue of 1884 as 'Black and feather - Madge' and priced at £100. 1 It was praised by several art critics including Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921) and Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942). 2
The Irish painter, Walter Frederick Osborne (1859-1903), a friend of Whistler, sketched this watercolour when it was exhibited at the Guildhall. 3
1: L. J. Rosenwald Collection, Library of Congress,
2: Wedmore 1884 [more] ; ‘An Enthusiast’, [Sickert, W. R.], 'Mr Whistler and His Art', The Artist and Journal of Home Culture, vol. 5, 1 June 1884, pp. 199-201. See also Anon., 'Messrs Dowdeswell's Gallery', The Morning Post, London, 24 May 1884, p. 5.
3: National Gallery of Ireland, PD 4007 TX 1, website at http://catalogue.nli.ie, drawing by Osborne repr. See also R. Anderson, 'Whistler in Dublin,' Irish Arts Review, vol. 3, no. 3, Autumn 1985, pp. 46-47, drawing by Osborne repr.
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