Brown and Gold: Lillie "In our Alley!" dates from 1898. By New Year's Day 1899 the newly completed painting, not yet varnished, had arrived at the house of John James Cowan (1846-1936) in Edinburgh. 1
It was exhibited with the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers in 1899 (cat. no. 136) as 'Brown and Gold - Lillie "in our Alley !" '
Whistler's biographers, the Pennells, visited Whistler's Fitzroy Street studio on 14 July 1900 and were under the impression that they saw this portrait, but they could easily have mistaken it for another portrait of Lillie. 2
Last updated: 21st November 2020 by Margaret