Needlework

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Date:

1896

Artist:

James McNeill Whistler
American, 1834-1903

About this artwork

Similar to many other artists of the period, Whistler and Roussel relied on family members to serve as models. Their relatives sometimes posed for formal works but were often pictured in everyday settings. Many of the resulting prints and drawings are charmingly casual, as exemplified by these domestic images of Whistler’s wife and two of her sisters. In one, Beatrice Whistler and her younger sister Ethel Whibley play a four-hand piano piece in the comfortable, lamp-lit salon of the Whistlers’ home in Paris. The other lithograph, which shows Beatrice’s youngest sister, Rosalind Birnie Philip, is more poignant. Whistler drew her as she sat by Beatrice’s sickbed in a London hotel room, several months before Beatrice’s death.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

James McNeill Whistler

Title

Needlework

Origin

United States

Date

1896

Medium

Transfer lithograph in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

197 x 143 mm (image); 284 x 228 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of the Crown Family in honor of James N. Wood

Reference Number

2004.648

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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