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


Only one title has been suggested:

  • Sketch for a Portrait of Henry Greaves (1980, YMSM). 1


The portrait of a man.


Henry Greaves (1843-1904) and Walter Greaves (1846-1930) were the sons of Charles William Greaves, Chelsea, boat-builder and waterman. Both of them were pupils and followers of Whistler, and were associated with him from the early 1860s when they lived at No. 10 Lindsey Row (now Cheyne Walk) while Whistler lived at No. 7 and then No. 2.

Apart from the Pennells, there is no further record of a painting by Whistler of either brother. According to Walter, their sister Alice ('Tinnie') also posed to him.

A portrait of Henry by Walter Greaves is in Chelsea Library. 2


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

2: Chelsea Library, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Acc. No. 3449F; ArtUK website at

Last updated: 11th November 2019 by Margaret