The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler

YMSM 008
Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait

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

Self-Portrait 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 '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.' 2

Whistler smoking, Private collection
Whistler smoking, Private collection

There is no record of a reply, however, it is possible that the missing self-portrait is Whistler Smoking y009.

Images

Self-Portrait, Whereabouts unknown
Self-Portrait, Whereabouts unknown

Whistler smoking, Private collection
Whistler smoking, Private collection

Subject

Titles

Only one title has been suggested:

'Self-Portrait' is the preferred version.

Description

A self-portrait, signed by the artist.

Sitter

James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903).

Whistler smoking, Private collection
Whistler smoking, Private collection

It is possible that this was in fact Whistler Smoking y009, or at least another very similar self-portrait.

Technique

Technique

Unknown.

Conservation History

Unknown.

Frame

Unknown.

History

Provenance

Writing in 1899, Louis Aubrée (fl. 1870-1899), 'Mon père à herité il y a une vingtaine d'années - (1879) de peintures portraits ... Ces objets étaient la proprieté de Me. H. Aubrée sa soeur' (translation: 'Twenty years ago my father inherited some portrait paintings ... These were the property of his sister H. Aubrée'). 5 H. Aubrée (d. ca 1879) has not been identified.

Exhibitions

Not exhibited in Whistler's lifetime as far as is known.

Bibliography

Catalogues Raisonnés

Authored by Whistler

Catalogues 1855-1905

Journals 1855-1905

Monographs

Books on Whistler

Books, General

Catalogues 1906-Present

Journals 1906-Present

Websites

Unpublished

Other


Notes:

1: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 8) suggests 'about 1855/1856.'

2: The letter is not entirely clear. GUW #00216.

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

4: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 8).

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