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The First Whisper of Love

A work made of watercolor on ivory wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of watercolor on ivory wove paper.


c. 1889


John Douglas Miller (English, 1860-1903)
after William Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905)

About this artwork

John Douglas Miller was a skilled mezzotint engraver who reproduced Renaissance-era and contemporary works with a painterly touch. This rare, pristine intermediary model drawing was made by Miller after William Bouguereau’s small-scale studio version of his painting The First Whisper of Love. Artists and printmakers relied heavily on these drawings during the process of designing prints and often destroyed them afterward.


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Prints and Drawings


John Douglas Miller


The First Whisper of Love


England (Artist's nationality:)

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Watercolor on ivory wove paper


57.2 × 39.9 cm (22 9/16 × 15 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Olivia Shaler Swan Memorial Endowment Fund, William H. Tuthill Endowment Fund, Print and Drawing Fund

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