The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler

YMSM 198
Sketch for a Portrait of Henry Greaves

Sketch for a Portrait of Henry Greaves

Artist: James McNeill Whistler
Date: 1878
Collection: Whereabouts Unknown
Accession Number: none
Medium: oil
Support: unknown
Size: unknown
Signature: unknown
Inscription: unknown
Frame: unknown

Date

Sketch for a Portrait of Henry Greaves dates from about 1878. 1

According to Walter Greaves (1846-1930) (reported by the Pennells), 'Whistler once painted Harry Greaves on top of a moonlight.' 2 Charles Augustus Howell (1840?-1890) recorded in his diary, on 22 February 1878, the purchase from Whistler of 'a sketch for ... a portrait of Greaves' together with several other paintings (Girl with Cherry Blossom y090, Nocturne y114 or Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach y119, Study for the Head of Miss Cicely H. Alexander y128, and Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow y174) for £50.0.0. 3 Howell did not, however, specify which Greaves brother was represented.

Images

Sketch for a Portrait of Henry Greaves, Whereabouts unknown
Sketch for a Portrait of Henry Greaves, Whereabouts unknown

Subject

Titles

Only one title has been suggested:

Description

The portrait of a man.

Sitter

Henry Greaves (1843-1904) and Walter Greaves (1846-1930) were the sons of Charles William Greaves, Chelsea, boat-builder and waterman. Both of them were pupils and followers of Whistler, and were associated with him from the early 1860s when they lived at No. 10 Lindsey Row (now Cheyne Walk) while Whistler lived at No. 7 and then No. 2.

Apart from the Pennells, there is no further record of a painting by Whistler of either brother. According to Walter, their sister Alice ('Tinnie') also posed to him.

A portrait of Henry by Walter Greaves is in Chelsea Library. 5

Technique

Technique

Unknown.

Conservation History

Unknown.

Frame

Unknown.

History

Provenance

1878: possibly bought from Whistler by Charles Augustus Howell (1840?-1890).

On 22 February 1878 C. A. Howell wrote in his diary that he had bought from Whistler of 'a sketch for ... a portrait of Greaves', together with several other paintings (Girl with Cherry Blossom y090, Nocturne y114 or Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach y119, Study for the Head of Miss Cicely H. Alexander y128, and Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow y174) for £50.0.0. 6

Exhibitions

It was not exhibited in Whistler's lifetime.

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. 198).

2: Pennell 1921C [more], pp. 69, 141.

3: Ibid.

4: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 198).

5: Chelsea Library, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Acc. No. 3449F; ArtUK website at https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/henry-greaves-179312.

6: Pennell 1921C [more], pp. 69, 141.