Self-Portrait

Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
1870-1875
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
H x W: 70 x 55.3 cm (27 9/16 x 21 3/4 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1904.62a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Oil painting

Keywords
self portrait, United States
Provenance

Mrs. Elson [1]

To 1904
Obach & Co., London, to 1904 [2]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Obach & Co. in 1904 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record, a note by C.L. Freer states: "Formerly owned by Mrs. Elson."

[2] See Original Whistler List, Etchings, Voucher No. 12, May 1904, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] See note 2.

[4] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Mrs. Elson
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Obach & Co. (C.L. Freer source)

Published References
  • Florence N. Levy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Paintings in Oil and Pastel by James A. McNeill Whistler: New York, March 15 to May 31, 1910. Exh. cat. New York. frontspiece.
  • Elizabeth Robins Pennell, Joseph Pennell. The Whistler Journal. Philadelphia, 1921. opp. p. 25.
  • Andrew McLaren Young, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer. The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler. Studies in British Art 2 vols. New Haven, 1980. vol. 2: pl. 77.
  • Albert Gallatin. Portraits of Whistler: A Critical Study and an Iconography. New York. pp. 6, 26, pl. 3.
  • Sadakichi Hartmann. The Whistler Book: A Monograph of the Life and Position in Art of James McNeill Whister, Together with a Careful Study of His More Important Works. Boston. p. 8.
  • Albert Gallatin. The Portraits and Caricatures of James McNeill Whistler: An Iconography, with twenty examples, ten hitherto unpublished. London and New York. pp. 18, 24.
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 112, pl. 14.
  • Chronicle and Comment. vol. 31, April 1910. p. 128.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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