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Whistler's Mother, after Whistler

A work made of etching in brown on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in brown on cream laid paper.


c. 1883


Henri Charles Guérard (French, 1846-1897)
after James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903)

About this artwork

This print by the accomplished etcher Henri Charles Guérard reproduces Whistler’s painting on the occasion of its exhibition at the Paris Salon of 1883, where it was shown under the more simple title “Portrait de ma mère” (Portrait of my mother). The print was commissioned for publication in the Gazette des beaux-arts, the most widely read French journal on the arts. Though it doubtlessly helped circulate the painting’s image to a French audience, Whistler later dismissed the print, preferring to control the authorship of such images more directly.


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Prints and Drawings


Henri Charles Guérard


Whistler's Mother, after Whistler


France (Artist's nationality)




Etching in brown on cream laid paper


Plate: 14.2 × 16.7 cm (5 5/8 × 6 5/8 in.); Sheet: 24.9 × 32.5 cm (9 13/16 × 12 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

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