Miss Agnes Mary Alexander

James Abbot McNeill Whistler (1834–1903)


Oil on canvas

Support: 1924 x 1016 mm; frame: 2215 x 1300 x 100 mm

Collection: Tate Britain, London

Bequeathed by W. C. Alexander 1950; Reference N05964

Agnes Mary Alexander was the eldest daughter of W. C. Alexander, the successful London banker who had probably met Whistler through their shared passion for Japanese art. As the gallery label of 2010 says, he had bought Whistler’s first Nocturne, Nocturne: Blue and Silver — Chelsea, and had commissioned him to make portraits of some of his daughters. [Commentary continues below.]

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Commentary and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee.