Sir William Nicholson 1872–1949
James McNeill Whistler
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 245 x 225 mm
Acquisition Transferred from the Library 1979
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
This striking image of Whistler was made for a book by Nicholson called, Twelve Portraits. Whistler was then at the height of his fame. Nicholson presents him impeccably dressed, standing at a distance from the viewer. He is set against a black background which highlights his white shirt, collar and eye-glass. The print pays tribute to Whistler’s reputation as the leading member of the Aesthetic Movement in this country.
Other Victorians chosen for Nicholson’s publication included WE Gladstone and Rudyard Kipling.
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