James McNeill Whistler and Watercolour: Making and Meaning


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James McNeill Whistler
American: 1834–1903
Black and Red: The Egyptian 1890/2
Chalk and pastel Signed with a butterfly
The Whistler Estate, presented by Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1935

Whistler favoured placing a full-length figure in profile against a coloured backdrop, here a curtain, in his watercolours and pastels. Smudged areas of white highlight the contours of the figure and the folds of the drapery. Rosalind Birnie Philip, Whistler's sister-in-law, titled the drawing, 'The Egyptian'. However, the profile pose, colour, and accessories are more closely associated with late 19th-century Hellenism. GLAHA 46151

Black and Red: The Egyptian 1890/2