Portrait of a Boy dates from 1876. 1
On 10 April 1876 the New York Herald described among Whistler's current works 'the portrait of a lovely boy with large, earnest eyes and waving hair.' 2
It is also possible that this was the painting referred to as a 'full length portrait of a lad', treated by the picture liner William Morrill (b. ca 1839), who sent Whistler his bill in March 1879. 4
Furthermore, it is possible that the portraits described by the New York Herald, Alan S. Cole, and William Morrill were one and the same work.
Last updated: 3rd April 2020 by Margaret