Pen and black ink over graphite (recto), and graphite (verso), on cream wove card
Inscribed recto, upper left, in black-brown ink, in Whistler's hand: "size from highest point of tail to bottom of lowest foot / [length measurement]" (written sideways); inscribed recto, middle left, in black-brown ink, in Whistler's hand: " "Encountered" "; inscribed recto, center top, in black-brown ink, in Whistler's hand: "Top"; inscribed verso, lower right, in graphite: "oc 4123"; inscribed verso, center bottom, in graphite: "5"
157 × 122 mm
Gift of Walter S. Brewster
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James McNeill Whistler, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict (Paris and New York, 1899), p. xxiii (ill.).
Stanford University Museum of Art and the Galleries of Claremont Colleges, “Whistler Themes & Variations” (Stanford, 1978), p. 39 (ill.).
Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours: A Catalogue Raisonné (New Haven, 1995), p. 562, no. 1562 (ill.).
Chicago, Albert Roullier Art Galleries, “Original Drawings by Old and Modern Masters,” March 7-21, 1921, p. 5, cat. 47.
Chicago, Arts Club, “Portraits of Whistler and Some Original Drawings by Whistler, Loaned by Walter S. Brewster,” January 19-February 7, 1923, cat. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10.
Possibly Art Institute of Chicago, “Summer Exhibitions, James McNeill Whistler - Paintings, Prints, Whistleriana,” July 20-October 29, 1939, cat. 7 or 8.
Sold by Albert Roullier Gallery, Chicago, to Walter S. Brewster (1872-1954), Chicago, April 16, 1920 [invoice; stamp (Lugt 2651 a-b), recto, lower left, in blue]; given to the Art Institute, February 1933.
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