James Abbott McNeill Whistler

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler, by Sir Leslie Ward, 1878 - NPG 1700 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

by Sir Leslie Ward
gouache with watercolour, 1878
14 5/8 in. x 9 1/4 in. (372 mm x 235 mm) overall
Purchased, 1913
Primary Collection
NPG 1700


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  • Sir Leslie Ward (1851-1922), 'Spy'; caricaturist and portrait painter; son of Edward Matthew Ward. Artist associated with 433 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

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This is one of three studies by Ward for his caricature of Whistler published over the title A Symphony in the society magazine, Vanity Fair, on 12 January 1878. It shows Whistler with monocle and hand defiantly on hip. In the finished print he holds a cigarette and maulstick in his other hand.

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