Only one title has been suggested:
The portrait of a man aged about 35.
Thomas de Kay Winans (1820-1878).
The photographs from the Whistler collection in the University of Glasgow, reproduced here, are undated, but the Bergamasco photograph, taken in St Petersburg, probably shows Winans as a young man, and the Kuhn & Cunnins image may show him about the time that he was painted by Whistler in Baltimore.
Winans was Whistler's earliest patron and bought several of his early paintings (including Portrait of Anna Denny [YMSM 004], The Fishwife [YMSM 006], Copy after Boucher's 'Diane au bain' [YMSM 020], and Wapping [YMSM 035]), as well as drawings and etchings.
He lent Whistler money and materials, and provided a studio at his luxurious villa, which he called Alexandroffsky after the family factory in Russia. His youngest brother, Walter Winans (1852-1920), was also painted by Whistler (see Portrait of Walter Winans [YMSM 199]).
Last updated: 16th February 2019 by Margaret