Pen and black ink over graphite (recto), and brush and black ink over graphite (verso), on cream wove card
Inscribed recto, upper left, in black ink, in Whistler's hand: "top"; inscribed recto, right, in black ink, in Whistler's hand: "[length notation] / size from tip of antennae / to foot-" (written sideways); inscribed recto, lower right, in black ink, in Whistler's hand: "page 58. / "Shocking bad Raconteur" "; inscribed recto, upper center, in graphite: "5/16 16s." (written sideways); inscribed verso, upper right, in graphite: "oc 4123" (written sideways)
12 × 15.9 cm (4 3/4 × 6 5/16 in.)
Gift of Walter S. Brewster
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Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours: A Catalogue Raisonné (New Haven, 1995), p. 564, no. 1569 (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. 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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