1864. Oil on canvas. Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. More.
Rose and Silver: The Princess from the Land of Porcelain.
The model for the picture was Christine Spartali, daughter of a rich Greek merchant, later the Greek Consul-General in London, Michael Spartali. The picture was bought by Frederick Leyland for the dining room in his London house. Leyland had the dining room remodeled by the architect Thomas Jeckyll. The room was to hold his collection of blue and white porcelain. Whistler did not like Jeckyll’s work, which, to his taste, did not harmonize with The Princess
and, at Leyland’s permission, modified the walls. After Leyland’s death, both The Princess and the Peacock Room itself were acquired by the American collector Charles Lang Freer, and can now be seen reassembled in the Freer Gallery in Washington