About This Artwork

John Douglas Miller (English, 1860-1903)
after William Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905)

The First Whisper of Love, c. 1889

Watercolor on ivory wove paper
572 x 399 mm

Olivia Shaler Swan Memorial Endowment Fund, William H. Tuthill Endowment Fund, Print and Drawing Fund, 2012.556

John Douglas Miller was a skilled mezzotint engraver who reproduced Renaissance-era and contemporary works with a painterly touch. This rare, pristine intermediary model drawing was made by Miller after William Bouguereau’s small-scale studio version of his painting The First Whisper of Love. Artists and printmakers relied heavily on these drawings during the process of designing prints and often destroyed them afterward.

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