James McNeill Whistler (1834–82) Journals
Detail of paintings on front and back covers, full image inside. 4 ¼” x 7 ¼”, both journals have ruled pages.
Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux, 1881–82
Susan Langdon (1852–1910) was a woman of humble origins and strong character who spent a period of time on the stage before her marriage to Sir Henry Bruce Meux, Baronet, a brewer. Her theatrical flair is evident in this portrait, one of three Whistler created for her. She collaborated with Whistler to promote her image in society; she is shown in this portrait in an afternoon dress that was at the height of fashion. Henry Clay Frick purchased the painting in 1918. Copyright 2014 The Frick Collection
Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink: Portrait of Mrs. Frances Leyland, 1871–74
This portrait of the wife of a Liverpool shipowner shown wearing a dress designed by Whistler was exhibited in 1874. Frances Leyland's husband, Frederick, was one of Whistler's first major patrons. Whistler's portrait is an homage to his close friend, whose tea gown is a synthesis of classical, Japanese, and eighteenth-century elements. Henry Clay Frick purchased the painting in 1916. Copyright 2014 The Frick Collection