James McNeill Whistler and Watercolour: Making and Meaning


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James McNeill Whistler
American: 1834–1903
Two Pettigrew sisters asleep with a baby 1890/5
Watercolour and gouache
The Whistler Estate, presented by Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1935

Whistler used a variety of papers, from thin, smooth Japanese paper, as here, to coarse-textured papers, usually in off-white shades. Occasionally he used commercially-available fabric-mounted boards. In this work, he sketched the outlines of the figures with a fine brush and a grey tone. An opaque note is introduced through the gouache highlights on the figure of the baby. The paper-mounted card bears the stamp of E. Mary & Fils, Paris. GLAHA 46159

Two Pettigrew sisters asleep with a baby 1890/5