Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux dates from 1881-1882. 1
1881: It may have been in September 1881 that Whistler wrote to his sister-in-law, 'Mrs Meux came to town and we had up the pictures and slaved away until one of them is supposed to be finished - though it isn't! - and then off she went again.' 2
Alan Summerly Cole (1846-1934) noted progress in his diary:
'1881 ... 26 May. Met Jimmy who is taking a new studio in Tite Street where he is going to paint all the fashionables - views of crowds competing for sittings - carriages along the street ...
26 August. … He is busy painting three portraits of Mrs. Meux.
1882 ... 26 February. To Jimmy's to see his painting of Mrs. Meux. One very fine.' 3
1882: In January 1882 the idea of engraving a portrait of Lady Meux – probably this one – was rejected as economically unrealistic unless the family guaranteed the purchase of a certain number of proofs, or, alternatively, if Henry Graves (1806-1892) thought it viable after seeing it at the Grosvenor Gallery. 4
It was first exhibited at the VI Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1882 (cat. no. 48).
Last updated: 31st December 2020 by Margaret