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

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Portrait of Whistler


  • 1898/1901: possibly acquired from Whistler or from his studio by Carmen Rossi (fl. 1880/1901) , Paris;
  • 1903: sold at auction, Drouot, Paris, 25 November 1903 (lot 6, repr.) as 'Portrait de Whistler', and bought by William Stephen Marchant (1868-1925) , London art dealer; 1
  • 1903: bought by Joseph Pennell (1860-1926) , 11 December 1903;
  • 1917: given by Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936) to the Library of Congress.

For further details see MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 1527).


  • 1903: 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. 183) as 'James McNeill Whistler'.
  • 1905: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, Regent Street, London, 1905 (cat. no. 181) as 'Portrait of Whistler'.


1: See Athenaeum, 5 December 1903 [more] .

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