James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
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Portrait of the Artist

Portrait of the Artist
charcoal on brown paper
7 1⁄4 x 5 5⁄8 in. (18.5 x 14.2 cm.)
Executed circa 1871-75.
Alphonse Wyatt Thibaudeau, London.
Sotheby's, London, 9-13 December 1889, lot 1140, sold by the above.
Edmund F. Deprez, London, acquired from the above.
John Postle Heseltine, London, by 1905.
William Hesketh Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme, by 1925.
Anderson Galleries, New York, 4 March 1926, lot 354, sold by the above.
Honourable Alvan Tufts Fuller, by 1958.
Christie's, London, 1 December 1961, lot 10, sold by the above.
Julius H. Weitzner, London, acquired from the above.
Robert Owen Lehman, New York.
Benjamin Sonnenberg, New York, by 1971.
Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, 7 June 1979, lot 681.
Robert M. Light, New York, acquired from the above.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
E.L. Cary, The Works of James McNeill Whistler: A Study, with a Tentative List of Artist’s Works, New York, 1907, p. 196, no. 256.
M.F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven and London, 1995, p. 150, no. 423.
M.F. MacDonald and G. Petri, James McNeill Whistler: The Paintings, a Catalogue Raisonné (whistlerpaintings.gla.ac.uk), no. M.0423, illustrated.
London, New Gallery, Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, 1905, no. 113b.
Paris, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Oeuvres de James McNeill Whistler, 1905, no. 123.
New York, M. Knoedler and Co., Notes, Harmonies, and Nocturnes: Small Works by James McNeill Whistler, 1984, no. 3.
Further details
We are grateful to Professor Margaret MacDonald, University of Glasgow, for her help in preparing this catalogue entry.

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Lot Essay

In the 1870s, Whistler produced a series of self-portraits in chalk, charcoal, and pastel on brown paper, measuring between about 7 x 6 inches and 11 x 7 inches. Other known self-portraits from the series are in the collections of the Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine; the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; and the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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