Whistler knew the Coronios in the early 1860s, and was a neighbour in the 1870s. In one letter to Mme Coronio Whistler mentioned that 'John's picture' (which might have been a portrait, or the one under discussion) was 'nearly finished.' 1
It does not look as if the Coronios ever retrieved this painting. About 1889 Whistler mentioned a painting once owned by Mme Coronio, presumably this one, that 'it was my misfortune so long ago to destroy'. 2
It was not, as far as is known, exhibited in Whistler's lifetime.
Last updated: 28th November 2019 by Margaret