The Music Room

A work made of etching, with selective wiping of plate tone, in black on off-white wove paper.
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  • A work made of etching, with selective wiping of plate tone, in black on off-white wove paper.

Date:

1859

Artist:

James McNeill Whistler
American, 1834-1903

About this artwork

Long before Whistler conceived of the portrait of his mother, his most important early models were his half-sister, Deborah Haden, and her family. Deborah was married to the physician, print collector, and amateur artist Francis Seymour Haden, and they had three children, Annie, Seymour, and Arthur. During one visit in 1859, Whistler created ambitious but personal depictions of the family, including the The Music Room, which portrays the couple along with Haden’s medical partner, James Traer, as deeply absorbed in their respective activities. Meanwhile, the severe profile of Deborah in Reading by Lamplight (1917.443) anticipates Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

James McNeill Whistler

Title

The Music Room

Origin

United States

Date

1859

Medium

Etching, with selective wiping of plate tone, in black on off-white wove paper

Dimensions

144 x 214 mm (image/plate); 204 x 336 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Bequest of Bryan Lathrop

Reference Number

1917.444

Extended information about this artwork

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