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Fumette, Standing

A work made of drypoint with plate tone in warm black on cream japanese paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of drypoint with plate tone in warm black on cream japanese paper.




James McNeill Whistler
American, 1834-1903

About this artwork

A young woman, known only by the name Eloise or Héloise and called Fumette, lived with Whistler for a time during his bohemian student days in Paris and posed for several of his etchings. A hatmaker or seamstress, rather than a professional model, she was among the Parisian working-class women who lived outside the norms of polite society and sometimes posed for youthful artists.


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James McNeill Whistler


Fumette, Standing


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Drypoint with plate tone in warm black on cream Japanese paper


Image/plate: 34.7 × 22.1 cm (13 11/16 × 8 3/4 in.); Sheet: 38.3 × 24.1 cm (15 1/8 × 9 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Arthur MacDougall Wood, through the generosity of Pauline Wood Egan and Arthur M. Wood, Jr.

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