Bibi Valentin

James McNeill Whistler American

Not on view

This image of a young girl seated on a bed, wearing a long dress and high buttoned boots, comes from a series of portraits that Whistler made in 1859. The subject, whose pet name was Bibi, was a daughter of the Valentin family. Her mother later wrote to the artist to remind him that they lived on Rue des Sts. Pères in Paris when the etching was made. The Met's collection includes two other impressions (83.1.19 and 17.21.69).

Bibi Valentin, James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London), Etching and drypoint, black ink on fine ivory laid Japan; second state of two, from the damaged plate (Glasgow)

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