Sketch after "Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder"

A work made of brush and brown wash, with pen and brown ink, on off-white laid paper.
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  • A work made of brush and brown wash, with pen and brown ink, on off-white laid paper.

Date:

c. 1879

Artist:

James McNeill Whistler
American, 1834-1903

About this artwork

Caricaturist Carlo Pellegrini, an admirer of Whistler, participated in London’s club life. He was member of the Beefsteak Club as well as the Arts Club, where one evening he drew this impromptu portrait of Whistler on a scrap of paper and gave it to Justin McCarthy, an Irish literary figure and politician. About two years later, Whistler presented Pellegrini with a freely drawn sketch after his oil painting Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (1876–78; Frick Collection, New York), referring to the Italian-born artist in his dedication as “mon Eleve,” or “my pupil.”

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Artist

James McNeill Whistler

Title

Sketch after "Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder"

Origin

United States

Date

1879

Medium

Brush and brown wash, with pen and brown ink, on off-white laid paper

Inscriptions

Signed recto, upper right, in brown ink and recto, center left, in image, in brown ink: [artist's butterfly monogram]; inscribed recto, right, in brown ink: "À mon Eleve Pellegrini" (written sideways); inscribed verso, center, in brown ink: "Dear Mr Williams--" (written sideways)

Dimensions

180 x 113 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Walter S. Brewster

Reference Number

1933.295

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