James Abbott McNeill Whistler

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler, by Walter Greaves,  - NPG 4497 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler

by Walter Greaves
oil on canvas
35 1/4 in. x 28 in. (908 mm x 711 mm)
Purchased, 1966
Primary Collection
NPG 4497

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  • Walter Greaves (1846-1930), Painter. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Greaves, the son of a Chelsea boat builder, recalled how 'I lost my head over Whistler when I first met him and saw his paintings'. He became Whistler's boatman, studio assistant, and close friend for nearly twenty years until, around 1880, Whistler broke decisively with Greaves and his family. This is one of a number of portraits painted by Greaves of Whistler.

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