This painting may pre-date Whistler's bankruptcy in 1879, but there is no record of it at that time. Unfinished works, and paintings destroyed by the artist, were not sold at the time of his bankruptcy. Some were retained for safe-keeping by his family, friends, and even creditors, and some of these paintings were returned to him later.
It was not exhibited in Whistler's lifetime.
1: Note made in 1904, Diaries, Bk 14, Freer Gallery Archives.
Last updated: 20th October 2020 by Margaret