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

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Portrait of Madame H. Aubrée


One title has been suggested for this portrait, with a minor change in the title of the owner herself:

  • 'Un portrait de Me. H. Aubrée' (1899, L. Aubrée). 1
  • 'Portrait of Madame H. Aubrée' (1980, YMSM). 2

It is not absolutely certain that the sitter was Madame, rather than Mademoiselle. However, 'Portrait of Madame H. Aubrée' is the preferred title.


The portrait of a woman, signed by the artist.


H. Aubrée (d. ca 1879). Nothing further is known about the sitter. It is not even certain that she was 'Madame' rather than 'Mademoiselle'.

Portrait of a Peasant Woman, The Hunterian
Portrait of a Peasant Woman, The Hunterian

It is just possible, however, that she could be the sitter in Head of a Peasant Woman [YMSM 021] (who was not, judging by her dress, actually a peasant).


1: L. Aubrée to Whistler, 30 December 1899, GUW #00216.

2: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 7).

Last updated: 20th November 2019 by Margaret