Girl with Cherry Blossom dates from some time between 1867 and 1879, but most likely between 1871 and 1878.
The first owner, Charles Benjamin Bright McLaren (1st Lord Aberconway) (1850-1934) (later Lord Aberconway) wrote the following note, dated 5 October 1924, which is attached to the stretcher,
'I saw this picture in Whistler's studio while being painted there was a standing figure also on the canvas holding the umbrella of which a portion is left when the picture was cut in two. I lived next door to Whistler & knew him well.'
Girl with Cherry Blossom appears to be a fragment of The Three Girls [YMSM 088], which, at least in its original concept, was begun in 1867. If the fragment was cut from a revised composition, possibly on a new canvas, it was begun about 1871. Due to discrepancies in the provenance it is difficult to tell when (and if) it was cut from a larger composition and perhaps reworked by Whistler, and when Whistler stopped working on it.
Last updated: 15th December 2020 by Margaret