European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Arrangement in Black (The Lady in the Yellow Buskin)
James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American (active England), 1834 - 1903
Oil on canvas
Currently not on view
W1895-1-11Purchased with the W. P. Wilstach Fund, 1895
LabelThe subject of this painting, Lady Archibald Campbell, was interested in the art of her time and posed for three full-length portraits by Whistler. This was the only one to be completed and to survive. Lady Campbell's family, however, did not share her appreciation of contemporary art and rejected the painting, claiming it represented "a street walker encouraging a shy follower with a backward glance." But the work was purchased for the W. P. Wilstach Collection in 1895, making it the first Whistler painting bought for an American public collection.