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

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Sketch for a Portrait of Henry Greaves

Sketch for a Portrait of Henry Greaves dates from about 1878. 1

According to Walter Greaves (1846-1930) (reported by the Pennells), 'Whistler once painted Harry Greaves on top of a moonlight.' 2 Charles Augustus Howell (1840?-1890) recorded in his diary, on 22 February 1878, the purchase from Whistler of 'a sketch for ... a portrait of Greaves' together with several other paintings (Girl with Cherry Blossom [YMSM 090], Nocturne [YMSM 114] or Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach [YMSM 119], Study for the Head of Miss Cicely H. Alexander [YMSM 128], and Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow [YMSM 174]) for £50.0.0. 3 Howell did not, however, specify which Greaves brother was represented.


1: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 198).

2: Pennell 1921C [more], pp. 69, 141.

3: Ibid.

Last updated: 11th November 2019 by Margaret