French Set ("Douze eau-fortes d'apres Nature" 1858)
James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)
Etching; fourth state of seven (Glasgow); printed in black ink on tan (darkened) chine mounted on white wove paper (chine collé)
Plate: 4 5/8 × 3 1/8 in. (11.8 × 7.9 cm)
Sheet: 5 11/16 x 4 3/16 in. (14.5 x 10.7 cm)
Gift of Margaret C. Buell, Helen L. King, and Sybil A. Walk, 1970
Not on view
During a stay in London with his sister Deborah Delano Haden while recuperating from a fall, Whistler made this etching of his niece Annie. His brother-in-law, Seymour Haden, a gifted printmaker, encouraged the artist’s first serious efforts in the medium. Here, the emphasis on alternating lights and darks, and the omission of the figure’s legs, demonstrate a greater interest in abstract patterning than portraiture. Whistler gave this print to Thomas Winans, the Baltimore friend who funded his move to Paris in 1855.
Signature: In plate: "Whistler"
Inscription: In plate: "Imp. Delâtre rue St. Jacques 171"
Thomas DeKay Winans (American, 1820–1878); Celeste Marguerite Hutton (American); Elsie Celeste Hutton (American); Donor: Margaret C. Buell Donor: Helen L. King Donor: Sybil A. Walk
Kennedy 10 iv/v; Glasgow 7 iv/vii; Mansfield 8
Howard Mansfield A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Drypoints of James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Caxton Club, 1909, cat. no. 9.
Nancy Pressly "Whistler in America: An Album of Early Drawings" Metropolitan Museum of Art Journal. vol. 5, 1972, cat. no. p. 148.
Katharine A. Lochnan The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler. Ex. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September 14–November 11, 1984; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, November 24, 1984–January 13, 1985. Yale University Press, Art Gallery of Ontario, New Haven, 1984, cat. no. 10, pp. 25-27, 57, 65, 277.
Gordon Cooke James McNeill Whistler, The Embroidered Curtain. Exh. cat. The Fine Art Society, London, London, 2007, cat. no. 1.
Margaret F. MacDonald, Grischka Petri, Joanna Meacock James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné, University of Glasgow on-line website at http://etchings.arts.gla.ac.uk. University of Glasgow, 2012, cat. no. 7 iv/vii.
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)Date: 1854–55Medium: Brown and black ink and graphite on dark off-white-tan
wove paperAccession: 1970.121.36 versoOn view in:Not on view
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)Date: 1854–55Medium: Drawings in pen and ink, graphite, gouache, and black chalk on off-white and toned wove and laid paperAccession: 1970.121.50 versoOn view in:Not on view
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)Date: 1854–55Medium: Drawings in pen and ink, graphite, gouache, and black chalk on off-white and toned wove and laid paperAccession: 1970.121.4 versoOn view in:Not on view