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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 1962.20.32
Object Name Print
Description "Whistler with the White Lock," 1876-1879, etching by James McNeill Whistler.
Editions: 34 known impressions, 1 state

In this self-portrait Whistler is shown with his characteristic white lock of hair, a genetic trait that he shared with his sister, the result of Waardenburg Syndrome. The white lock is apparent in photographs of the artist and was described by some of his contemporaries, such as the artist Anne Benson Procter (1799-1888), who wrote in a letter that Whistler was "a very remarkable looking person - dark - eyes & hair - and one white lock, on his forehead - all the family have this - He thinks very highly of his own works... I always imagine that a truly great genius is never content that his idea is beyond any execution..." (A. B. Procter to E. Forrest, 1 June 1877)

Reference: Margaret F. MacDonald, Grischka Petri, Meg Hausberg, and Joanna Meacock, James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné, University of Glasgow, 2012, on-line website at http://etchings.arts.gla.ac.uk.Catalogue number G162.
Title Whistler with the White Lock
Date 1876-1879
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Whistler, James McNeill
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique etching | drypoint
Dimensions H-6.187 W-4.875 inches
Credit line Max B. and Lalla B. Arnstein Collection
Subjects self-portrait
People Whistler, James McNeill