Alice Butt (1) dates from the mid- to late 1890s, probably between 1896 and 1898. 1
Alice Butt (1)
, Private Collection
The technique, and the butterfly signature, which appears to be part of the original painting, suggest this date. 2
Early in 1900 Whistler noted the existence of two portraits, 'Alice Butt - No. 1. / painted in Chelsea' and 'Alice Butt - No. 2.' 3 The other portrait is Alice Butt (2) [YMSM 438].
1: Dated 'mid-1890s' in YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 437).
2: A. McL. Young dated it 1883 in a letter to W. P. Campbell, National Gallery of Art, 19 July 1972, GU WPP.
3: Note by Whistler, [March/May 1900], GUW #12717.