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

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Whistler Smoking

Whistler Smoking probably dates from soon after Whistler's arrival in Paris in November 1855, possibly in 1856 or 1857.

Whistler Smoking, private collection
Whistler Smoking, private collection

However, Théodore Duret (1838-1927) suggested it was painted slightly later, between 1859 and 1860. 1

It is possible that this is identical with the Self-Portrait [YMSM 008], which is said to have dated from 1856/1857.

Notes:

1: Duret 1904 [more], p. 15.

Last updated: 25th November 2020 by Margaret