Whistler's portait of an eight year old girl in grand dress and holding a hat with a feather attached. The butterflies and flowers on the side of the painting hints at an innocence of nature, which was a common theme in children's portraiture.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander
190.2 x 97.8 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil on canvas 190.2 x 97.8 cm ® Tate, London
An American painter, printmaker, designer and collector, James Abbott McNeill Whistler was active in England and France. Whistler developed from the Realism of Courbet and Manet to become, in the 1860s, one of the leading members of the Aesthetic movement and an important exponent of Japonisme. He acted as an important link between the avant-garde artistic worlds of Europe, Britain and the USA and has always been acknowledged as one of the masters of etching