The Doctor (Portrait of Whistler’s Brother, Dr. W. Whistler)

Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
Lithograph on paper
H x W: 17.8 x 12.7 cm (7 x 5 in)
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


man, medicine, portrait, United States

From at least 1906 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), from at least 1906 [1]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [2]


[1] See Original Whistler List, Lithographs, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Also, according to Curatorial Remark 2, G.D.G., 1921, in the object record: "No record existing of the time of purchase, the print was given a registration number for 1906, the year of the printed Inventory."

[2] 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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


William Gibbs McNeill Whistler (1836-1900) studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1865, after serving as a physician in the Confederate Army, he moved to London, where he became a highly respected surgeon. This portrait was completed in the drawing room at 110 rue du Bac in September or early October 1894. Whistler liked the lithograph and included impressions of it in two exhibitions. This impression was hand-printed on a fine paper, but Whistler's printers also produced three thousand impressions of it on commercial paper for inclusion in the November 1896 issue of The Pageant.

Published References
  • The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler. 2 vol., Chicago and New York, 1998. pp. 438-443.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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