James McNeill Whistler American
Sitter Annie Harriet Haden British

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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.

Annie, James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London), Etching on tan (darkened) chine mounted on white wove paper (chine collé); fourth state of seven (Glasgow)

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