Pen and black ink over graphite (recto), and pen and black ink over graphite, with corrections by the artist in white opaque paint (verso), on cream wove card
Inscribed recto, lower right, in black-brown ink, in Whistler's hand: "[length notation] size across, outside / measure. / page 59- / filtered into Court"; inscribed recto, middle right, in graphite: "5/16"; inscribed verso, lower right, in graphite: "oc 4123"; inscribed verso, center bottom, in graphite: "6"
159 x 123 mm
Gift of Walter S. Brewster
Extended information about this artwork
James McNeill Whistler, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict (Paris and New York, 1899), p. 6 (ill.).
Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours: A Catalogue Raisonné (New Haven, 1995), p. 563, no. 1565 (ill.).
Chicago, Albert Roullier Art Galleries, “Original Drawings by Old and Modern Masters,” March 7-21, 1921, p. 5, cat. 47.
Chicago, Arts Club, “Portraits of Whistler and Some Original Drawings by Whistler, Loaned by Walter S. Brewster,” January 19-February 7, 1923, cat. 5.
Possibly Art Institute of Chicago, “Summer Exhibitions, James McNeill Whistler - Paintings, Prints, Whistleriana,” July 20-October 29, 1939, cat. 7 or 8.
Sold by Albert Roullier Gallery, Chicago, to Walter S. Brewster (1872-1954), Chicago, April 16, 1920 [invoice; stamp (Lugt 2651 a-b), recto, lower left, in blue]; given to the Art Institute, February 1933.
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