James McNeill Whistler and Watercolour: Making and Meaning


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James McNeill Whistler
American: 1834–1903
A dancing woman in a pink robe, seen from the back 1888/1890
Watercolour Signed with a butterfly
The Whistler Estate, presented by Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1935

The artist Mortimer Menpes, a follower of Whistler, recorded how Whistler allowed his models to move freely around the studio: 'There was no pulling about of drapery, no gazing through hands, no special placing of the body. He allowed the sitter to do what she liked, more or less, and arrested her whenever her pose formed a picture.' The model may have been Eva Carrington. GLAHA 46136

A dancing woman in a pink robe, seen from the back 1888/1890