James McNeill Whistler and Watercolour: Making and Meaning


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James McNeill Whistler
American: 1834–1903
The Rose Drapery 1888/95
Watercolour Signed with a butterfly
The Whistler Estate, presented by Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1935

The reddish tones, classicised pose and drapery of the figure acknowledge Whistler's long-standing interest in Tanagra statuary – Greek terracotta figures from the early 4th and 3rd centuries BC. Here, Whistler has chosen a brown paper. The watercolour is used to infil selectively the chalk drawing of the figure. GLAHA 46135

The Rose Drapery 1888/95