Alternative titles have been suggested:
'Portrait of Lady Meux in Furs' is the preferred title.
A full length portrait of a woman in vertical format. She faces the viewer, wearing a full-length brown fur coat with a broad collar, a muff, and hat.
A photograph in the Glasgow University Library gives the proportions for Portrait of Lady Meux in Furs [YMSM 230]. Assuming it to have been life-size, these proportions correspond to a canvas of approximately 75 x 35 (191 x 89). In 1908 the Pennells said that Portrait of Lady Meux in Furs [YMSM 230] was smaller than Arrangement in Black: Lady Meux [YMSM 228] and Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux [YMSM 229], but in 1911 they omitted this statement. 3
Valerie Susan Meux (née Langdon) (1847-1910).
When she was posing for one of the portraits, Whistler wrote to her, 'I trust you will be quite well and in brilliant spirits that I may catch the particular sparkle in the wonderful eyes I mean this picture to have!' 4
Last updated: 14th November 2020 by Margaret