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.
Gallery label, August 2004
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