Arrangement in Black: Portrait of F. R. Leyland

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Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (United States, 1834-1903)
Sitter: Frederick Richards Leyland (1831 - 1892)
Historical period(s)
1870-1873
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
H x W: 218.5 x 119.4 cm (86 x 47 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1905.100a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Oil painting

Keywords
portrait, United States
Provenance

To 1905
William Marchant & Co., London, to 1905 [1]

From 1905 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from William Marchant & Co., through Mr. R. A. Canfield, in May 1905 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Whistler List, Paintings, pg. 15b, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
William Marchant & Co. (C.L. Freer source)

Label

Whistler derived the somber palette and tall, narrow format of this painting of his first important patron from portraits by the Spanish court painter Diego Velázquez (1599¬–1660). Whistler was eager both to please Leyland and to fulfill his own artistic ambition with this portrait, the first in a series of Arrangements in Black. Leyland described the protracted process of posing as “my own martyrdom,” but in the end the self-made shipping magnate was pleased to be portrayed in the manner of a baroque aristocrat.

Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum