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"The Model Resting" c.1872

Royal (1) s. in plate with butterfly; c.l.
(2) inscr. in brown ink; below plate with a Greek inscription
(3) inscr. in pencil; below plate "J. W. 87 / 1."
(4) Collector's mark of Royal Library, Windsor
(5) inscr. in pencil by Harold Wright; "(from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle) / K 100 V of 8 / Model resting (1873) / C. 21347. / a" CRE WHISTLER, James McNeill; (American; 1834-1903) In this image Whistler was influenced by Tanagra figurines. The pose of the model relates to the typical Tanagra stance, and in this etching Whistler also explores the effect of drapery that partly reveals and partly conceals the figure beneath it. This is a motif that he explored extensively in a variety of different media. A preparatory drawing for this drypoint is found underneath "Study for "Morning Glories" (MacDonald 1995 (411r)) in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA. Other studies of this model include a drawing in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (MacDonald 1995 (409)). (See also GLAHA 46772/ 49989).
This work was purchased by the University of Glasgow from P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd. in 1962.