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.