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26 5/8 x 36 3/4 in. (67.63 x 93.35 cm)

James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834–1903)

Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Bequest of Louise Taft Semple
Accession Number: 1962.7

Created by the artist; purchased by John Phillip, London, 1860. Acquired by Francis Seymour Haden, Woodcote Manor, Hampshire, 1867. (Acquired by Alexander Reid, Glasgow, 1897). Acquired by John James Cowan, Wester Lea, Murrayfield, Edinburgh, 1897; (purchased by Agnew’s, London, May 24, 1899); purchased by Sir Edmund David, London, until 1939. (Acquired by Christie's, London); (purchased by M. Knoedler, London and New York, NY, July 7, 1939 (stock no. 99)). (Acquired by Scott and Fowles, New York, NY); purchased by William Tunstall Semple [1881-1962] and Anna Louise Taft Semple [1879-1961], Cincinnati, OH, January 1940; bequest to the Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts, Cincinnati, OH [1], 1962; transferred to the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH, September 1, 2006 [2].


[1]. The Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts (CIFA) was formed by Charles Phelps and Anna Sinton Taft on March 22, 1927 as a non-profit corporation to stimulate the development of art and music in the City of Cincinnati and run the Taft Museum of Art, which opened in 1932. The Tafts offered $1 million for a permanent endowment fund, on the condition that the community raise $2.5 million in matching funds, which was achieved by December 3, 1928. [2]. Until August 31, 2006, the Museum was owned by CIFA, administered by CIFA’s Board of Trustees, and governed by the Taft Museum Board of Overseers. On September 1, 2006, the Museum legally separated from CIFA and began operations as its own incorporated 501(c)(3) entity. This separate incorporation led to the transfer to the separate entity after August 31, 2006 of all tangible assets comprising the Taft collection.

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