About this artwork
Whistler made four lithographic portraits of the American etcher and lithographer Joseph Pennell in January 1896— all drawn on transfer paper in the London flat Pennell shared with his wife, Elizabeth. This image and a similar seated subject show the deep shadows cast by firelight; the other portrait was chosen to be the frontispiece of the Pennells’ book Lithography and Lithographers, first published in 1898.
Pennell and his wife were Whistler’s friends and remained fervent supporters after his death, collaborating on a two-volume biography of the artist and donating their significant collection of Whistler prints and documents to the Library of Congress in 1917.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- James McNeill Whistler
- Firelight: Joseph Pennell, No. 2
- United States
- Transfer lithograph in black on cream laid paper
- 167 x 129 mm (image); 283 x 228 mm (sheet)
- Gift of the Crown Family in honor of James N. Wood