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

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The Widow

The Widow probably dates from between 1895 and 1900. 1

The Widow, private collection
The Widow, private collection

The brushwork on the face has the sort of finish seen in Whistler's portraits from 1895-1900, such as The Little Rose of Lyme Regis [YMSM 449] and Rose and Gold: The Little Lady Sophie of Soho [YMSM 504]. The oval format and dark green background are common to a number of Whistler's late portraits, such as A Paris Model [YMSM 458] and Girl in Black [YMSM 470]. The butterfly is of a type used in the late 1890s.


1: Dated 'about 1895/96' in YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 459).

Last updated: 3rd January 2021 by Margaret