The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler

YMSM 007
Portrait of Madame H. Aubrée

Portrait of Madame H. Aubrée

Artist: James McNeill Whistler
Date: 1856/1857
Collection: Whereabouts Unknown
Accession Number: none
Medium: oil
Support: unknown
Size: unknown
Signature: 'Whistler' ('signés de votre nom')
Inscription: unknown
Frame: unknown

Date

Portrait of Madame H. Aubrée dates from after Whistler arrived in France in November 1855, and probably from 1856 or 1857. 1

Louis Aubrée (fl. 1870-1899) wrote to Whistler from 5 Impasse du Tir, Malakoff, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, that about 1879 his father had inherited from the sitter, 'Me. H. Aubrée', some works by Whistler ('peintures portraits signés de votre nom') dating from about 1855 or 1856, including 'un portrait de l'auteur peint par lui même, ... Un portrait de Me. H. Aubrée ... un portrait de Me. H. Aubrée à la plume.' 2 There is no record of a reply, nor any further record of these works.

Images

Portrait of Madame H. Aubrée, Whereabouts unknown
Portrait of Madame H. Aubrée, Whereabouts unknown

Portrait of a Peasant Woman, The Hunterian
Portrait of a Peasant Woman, The Hunterian

Subject

Titles

One title has been suggested for this portrait, with a minor change in the title of the owner herself:

It is not absolutely certain that the sitter was Madame, rather than Mademoiselle. However, 'Portrait of Madame H. Aubrée' is the preferred title.

Description

The portrait of a woman, signed by the artist.

Sitter

H. Aubrée (d. ca 1879). Nothing further is known about the sitter. It is not even certain that she was 'Madame' rather than 'Mademoiselle'.

Portrait of a Peasant Woman, The Hunterian
Portrait of a Peasant Woman, The Hunterian

It is just possible, however, that she could be the sitter in Head of a Peasant Woman y021 (who was not, judging by her dress, actually a peasant).

Technique

Technique

Unknown.

Conservation History

Nothing further is known.

Frame

Unknown.

History

Provenance

H. Aubrée (d. ca 1879) has not been identified.

Exhibitions

It was never exhibited.

Bibliography

Catalogues Raisonnés

Authored by Whistler

Catalogues 1855-1905

Journals 1855-1905

Monographs

Books on Whistler

Books, General

Catalogues 1906-Present

Journals 1906-Present


Notes:

1: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 7) mentions a date of 'about 1855 or 1856'.

2: GUW #00216.

3: L. Aubrée to Whistler, 30 December 1899, GUW #00216.

4: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 7).

5: L. Aubrée to Whistler, 30 December 1899, GUW #00216. Translation: My brother inherited twenty years ago some portraits ... These were the property of Me. H. Aubrée his sister.'