• Portrait of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) at his Easel -
    Price on request

    Signed upper right: W. Greaves

    Pen and black ink and pencil heightened with white chalk on buff paper

    22.8 by 15.5 cm., 9 by 6 in.

     

    Provenance:

    Bought at J.S. Maas & Co, London, 1968;

    By descent to the present owner

     

    Exhibited:

    London, J.S. Maas & Co., Christmas Exhibition, 1968, no.71

     

    Walter Greaves was the son of a Chelsea boat-builder who used to ferry Turner across the river. He and his brother Henry did the same for Whistler from 1863 when the latter moved into Lindsey Row, Chelsea (now Cheyne Walk). Walter and Henry soon became Whistler’s studio assistants, assisting with the preparation of his colours and learning to paint. Walter, the most talented artist of the two, adopted Whistler’s style and dress and specialised in painting views of Chelsea. Apart from an exhibition at the Goupil Gallery in 1911, he achieved little success and died penniless in a poorhouse. 

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