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

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Study of a Female Figure


  • 1879: Thomas Way (1837-1915), London;
  • Before 1913: Thomas Robert Way (1861-1913), London;
  • 1913: sold at auction, Way sale, Sotheby's, London, 1 July 1913 (lot 158) as 'Study of a Female Figure, standing by a latticed window', and bought by 'Rothschild' for £41.0.0.
  • Date unknown: Galerie Barbazanges, Hodebert & Cie., Paris.

According to Thomas Robert Way (1861-1913) it may have been among the paintings 'more or less destroyed', by Whistler at the time of his bankruptcy, rejected by the auctioneers as unsaleable, and bought by Way's father, Thomas Way (1837-1915) from whom it passed to T. R. Way. At his death it was auctioned in 1913 and bought by 'Rothschild'. According to an annotated photograph in the Frick Art Reference Library, New York, it was once owned by the Galerie Barbazanges, Hodebert & Cie., Paris, as a portrait of Sarah Bernhardt.



Last updated: 19th November 2019 by Margaret