1896: The Jade Necklace was painted in Whistler's Fitzroy Street studio in 1896, possibly worked on in subsequent years, and again reworked after exhibition in 1900, according to a note on the back by Harold Wright (1885-1961); he was probably recording information provided by the sitter, Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958).
1899: Whistler postponed sittings for a portrait of Miss Birnie Philip, probably this one, and proposed to continue in London early in 1900. 2
1900: After being exhibited at the Society of Portrait Painters, Whistler continued to work on the picture, according to the sitter; on 30 November Whistler asked her to come and pose, 'Bring your white jacket ... with the "black heart".' 3
The white jacket was replaced with a black dress and/or jacket, and the sitter wore a jade necklace.
1901: There is no record of further sittings, but it is quite possible Whistler continued to work on it, as Harold Wright recorded.
Last updated: 19th April 2021 by Margaret