James McNeill Whistler Seen From Behind

Artist: Thomas Robert Way (1861-1913)
Historical period(s)
Ink on paper
H x W: 9.7 x 7 cm (3 13/16 x 2 3/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


artist, England, portrait

To 1908
Thomas Robert Way (1861-1913), London, to 1908 [1]

From 1908 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by Thomas Robert Way in 1908 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record, which records an undated folder sheet note: "In Mr. Way's handwriting on margin: 'To Chas. L. Freer--T.R. Way.'"

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Thomas Robert Way (C.L. Freer source) 1861-1913


Thomas Robert Way was the son of Whistler's longtime lithographic printer. In 1896, he edited the first comprehensive catalogue of Whistler's lithographs. Way designed this print as the frontispiece for his catalogue. Based on a photograph provided by Whistler, it shows the artist in the garden of his home at 110 rue du Bac, Paris.

Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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