Arrangement in Black, No. 2: Portrait of Mrs Louis Huth dates from 1872/1873.
According to the Pennells, Mrs Huth and Mrs Leyland (see Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink: Portrait of Mrs Frances Leyland [YMSM 106]) were posing about the same time, and, although Mrs Huth was not strong, 'Almost daily during one summer he [Whistler] kept her standing for three hours without rest ... however ... at times a model stood for her gown.' 1 The portrait was bought by Louis Huth (1821-1905) early in 1873, but Whistler was still working on it in March. 2
It was first exhibited in Mr Whistler's Exhibition, Flemish Gallery, 48 Pall Mall, London, 1874 (cat. no. 3).
Last updated: 27th April 2021 by Margaret