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

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Miss Charlotte R. Williams

Miss Charlotte R. Williams dates from 1892. 1

Charlotte Carter Ritchie Williams (1861-1920) of Baltimore (later Mrs Walter Prescott Smith) sat to Whistler for a lithograph, Portrait Study: Miss Charlotte R. Williams c058, in 1892, and the oil portrait probably dates from the same period.

On 23 November 1892 George Aloysius Lucas (1824-1909) noted in his diary: 'Wrote Miss Charlotte Williams about her Whistler portrait'. After Whistler's death, Lucas noted on 18 September 1903 that he had written to 'FF [Frank Frick] 5a Cork Street; London, to see about Miss Williams Whistler portrait.' 2 Both references could concern arrangements to commission and trace either a lithograph or painting.

According to the Pennells, the oil portrait was painted in 1894, was not paid for, and never completed; this date is incorrect, although the rest of the information may be correct. 3


1: 'Probably painted 1893/4' according to YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 407).

2: Randall 1979 [more], pp. 756, 921.

3: Pennell 1908 [more], vol. 2, p. 157.

Last updated: 25th October 2019 by Margaret