Fitzwilliam Museum gains Whistler sketch of very patient girl

By Maev Kennedy

Sketch of Cicely Alexander, who sat for piece more than 70 times, joins two other pastels from same family collection

A filmy pastel sketch of a young girl in her best frock – one of the most patient girls in the history of art, since her finished portrait by the American artist James Whistler took more than 70 sittings – is going into a public collection for the first time at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

The sketch with two other Whistler pastels, has been allocated to the museum through the Arts Council, after the government accepted it in lieu of tax owed by the descendants of the child’s family.

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