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"Count Robert de Montesquiou" July 1894

RU Inscribed b.l. in pencil "Count Robert de Montesquiou, No. 3" CRE WHISTLER, Beatrix; (English; 1857-1896) PRINT LEMERCIER, Alfred; (French; 19th century) Whistler met Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac in 1885, and painted his portrait in 1891/92. When Whistler exhibited 'Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac' (YMSM 392; The Frick Collection, New York, U.S.A.) in May 1894, the portrait proved a great critical success, and the artist was approached by the publishers of several periodicals interested in reproducing it. Whistler and his wife, Beatrix, both produced transfer drawings of the portrait. However, Whistler was not satisfied with the printed results and a published edition of the lithograph did not appear. Whistler referred to his wife's lithographs as 'far more beautiful' than his own, (Whistler Correspondence, Whistler to Inez Addams, 20 September [1901], GUL A85; GUW 00085, (2004.11.16)).

This is an impression of Beatrix Whistler's first transfer drawing of the portrait, and was printed by the French printer, Alfred Lemercier. (See also GLAHA 49175-9, 49181, 49458, 49459, 49644).

Birnie Philip Bequest, 1958.