Portrait of a Baby may date from between 1900 and 1902. 1
1902: It could, however, be a portrait of Cornelia Vanderbilt (1900-1976), who was born on 22 August 1900. On 13 January 1902 her father George Washington Vanderbilt (1862-1914) wrote to Whistler, 'I think when you see Cornelia you will feel like doing that head of her that we all thought would be so fine.' 3 The Vanderbilts were in Europe in April 1902 and although there is no record of Whistler having painted her portrait, Cornelia would have been twenty months old in April 1902, which would suit the age of the child in the portrait.
The technique in both portraits is compatible with Whistler's work between 1900 and 1902.
Last updated: 19th October 2020 by Margaret