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

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  • 1903: in Whistler's studio at his death and bequeathed to his sister-in-law, Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958);
  • 1935: given by Miss Philip to the University of Glasgow.


  • 1886: probably 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Second Series, Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1886 (cat. no. 61) as 'Child'.
  • 1889: probably “Notes” – “Harmonies” – “Nocturnes”, H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1889 (cat. no. 50 or 53) as 'Baby's Head'.
  • 1905: Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 176) as 'Tête de petite fille'.

They were both priced at 10 guineas in 1889, but remained unsold, and were returned to Whistler after the exhibition by Wunderlich's on the SS Servia. 1

By the terms of Miss Philip's Gift, this work cannot be lent to another venue.


1: G. Dieterlen, H. Wunderlich & Co., to Whistler, 1 November 1889, GUW #07187.

Last updated: 2nd April 2021 by Margaret