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

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Portrait of Lord Redesdale

Portrait of Lord Redesdale dates from between 1876 and 1878. 1

The Pennells recorded, on information from Lord Redesdale, that 'A portrait started of Lord Redesdale, in Van Dyck costume' in about 1876 was slashed to pieces by the artist to prevent its falling into the hands of his creditors.' 2 Both Portrait of Lord Redesdale [YMSM 188] and Portrait of Lady Redesdale [YMSM 189] were destroyed at the time of Whistler's bankruptcy.


1: Dated 'about 1876' in YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 188).

2: Pennell 1908 [more], vol 1, p. 201.

Last updated: 12th November 2019 by Margaret