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

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  • 1912: according to Albert Eugene Gallatin (1882-1952), it was sold by a French family to Jacques Seligmann (1858–1923), of Jacques Seligmann & Co., art dealer in Paris and New York; 1
  • 1913, May: sold by Seligman to Henry Reinhardt (1859–1921), art dealer, Chicago, Paris and New York;
  • 1913, June: sold by Reinhardt to Henry Ruben Ickelheimer (1868-1940), New York;
  • After 1940: passed by family succession to Mrs Thibaut de St Phalle (dates unknown).
  • By 2017: private collection.

It is possible that this is the same painting as Self-Portrait [YMSM 008], in which case it was once owned by H. Aubrée (d. ca 1879) in France, and in the family of Louis Aubrée (fl. 1870-1899) until at least 1899.


It was not exhibited in Whistler's life time.


1: Gallatin 1913 A [more], pp. 2-3, 17-18 (cat. no. 2).

Last updated: 25th November 2020 by Margaret