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Study for "Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Thomas Carlyle"  1873

by James Abbott McNeill Whistler

In 1872, James McNeill Whistler began a large-scale portrait of Scottish historian and philosopher Thomas Carlyle, who lived near the artist in London. Whistler executed several studies, including this one, which strongly resembles the finished painting. Carlyle endured numerous sittings, as Whistler labored over the portrait with particular emphasis on the aesthetics of t...
28.6 × 21 cm (11 1/4 × 8 1/4 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago