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

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Portrait of Master Frederick Leyland

Portrait of Master Frederick Leyland probably dates from about 1873. 1

According to the Pennells, Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892) commissioned paintings of all his four children, but ‘The son, after three sittings, refused to sit again.' 2 Whistler made a pastel sketch of the boy about 1873, Frederick Leyland seated [M.0508], but even that is not fully realised.


1: 1871/1873, according to YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 108).

2: Pennell 1908 [more], vol. 1, pp. 175-76.

Last updated: 3rd December 2019 by Margaret