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A work made of lithograph in black ink with scraping and roulette work on ivory plate paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph in black ink with scraping and roulette work on ivory plate paper.

Date:

1878

Artist:

James McNeill Whistler
American, 1834-1903

About this artwork

American by birth, Whistler had been living in London for almost two decades when he took up the medium of lithography. Here, in his first lithograph, Whistler returned to the subject of his 1873 etching. He depicted Maud in a similar pose, with her characteristic flounced dress and elaborate hat, but this time exploited the qualities of a different medium. He suggested the figure and shadows behind her in soft, greasy lithographic crayon, achieving a range of tonal effects that were not possible with etched lines.

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Artist

James McNeill Whistler

Title

Study

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1878

Medium

Lithograph in black ink with scraping and roulette work on ivory plate paper

Dimensions

266 × 149 mm (image); 370 × 237 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of the Crown Family in honor of James N. Wood

Reference Number

2004.522

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