|Size:||280 x 190 mm|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||2|
|Catalogues:||K.136; M.134; W.110|
|Impressions taken from this plate (18)|
'That Whistler originally intended this dry-point as a portrait of F. R. Leyland, is quite plain. Possibly after the famous quarrel, he altered it to that of Swinburne - not very successfully. Both impressions are extremely rare.' 1
This would suggest that it was started in the early 1870s and altered after 1876, which is possible, but the portrait does not really look much like Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), and the date is by no means certain. By 1877 Whistler was definitely calling it 'Swinburne.' 2
2: Whistler to C. A. Howell, 24 Nov.-8 Dec. , GUW #12742.
The size of the copper plate suggests it was the same date as another portrait, which is also difficult to date, A Man Reading 107.