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

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Self-Portrait probably dates from 1896, but could date from later. 1

Self-Portrait, The Hunterian, GLAHA 46373
Self-Portrait, The Hunterian, GLAHA 46373

Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) told Harold Wright (1885-1961) of Colnaghi’s that this portrait was painted in Whistler's Fitzroy Street studio about 1896. 2 This information was recorded after Whistler’s death.

Whistler had taken the studio at 8 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy Square, London, in February 1896, and it was redecorated and ready for use by May. He owned the studio until his death. Thus if this self-portrait was painted in the Fitzroy Street studio it dates from between May 1896 and 1903, or more realistically, between May 1896 and 1902.


1: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 460).

2: Note on stretcher.

Last updated: 2nd November 2020 by Margaret