Mrs Leyland, Sr.
|Size:||229 x 153 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at lower right|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||3|
|Catalogues:||K.103; M.104; W.227|
|Impressions taken from this plate (19)|
'Mrs Leyland Sen' (1877, Whistler). 1
'F. R. Leyland’s Mother' (1899, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 2
'Madame Leyland' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 3
'Mrs Leyland, Senoir' is based on Whistler's original title.
By 1861 the children had left home and she was sufficiently independent to be described as a 'lady'. When Frederick married Frances Dawson, the newly-weds lived for some time with his mother; later, she moved to Falkner Street, and her son and family to 36 Falkner Street - a respectable middle-class area - until Leyland took on the lease of Speke Hall in 1866. It was probably at Speke that Whistler's portrait of Mrs Leyland Senior was done. 5
4: Liverpool Census, HO107/561/19 , Folio 16, p. 24 ; HO107/2183 Folio11, p.14.
5: Merrill 1998 , pp. 111, 113, 117-118.