Harmony in Grey and Green: Portrait of Miss Cicely Alexander

James Abbot McNeill Whistler (1834–1903)

1873

Oil on canvas

Support: 1902 x 978 mm; frame: 2215 x 1300 x 100 mm

Collection: Tate Britain, London

Bequeathed by W.C. Alexander 1932; Reference N04622

Little eight-year-old Cicely was the second of the five daughters of W. C. Alexander, a successful London banker, who may have met the artist through their shared interest in Oriental art, which Alexander collected. As Frances Fowle says in the gallery's summary, "Whistler adds a touch of Japonisme to the portrait through the gold-edged black dado and wall divider, and the delicate daisies and butterflies." [Commentary continues below.]

Image kindly released under the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported) licence.

Commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee.

Formatting by George P. Landow.