This lithotint, or wash lithograph, depicts Maud Franklin in an informal, even seductive, pose that suggests the ease and intimacy between Whistler and his model. The line drawing of the figure and chair is heightened by bold brushstrokes and set against a subtle wash, effects created by the artist’s manipulation of tusche (diluted lithographic crayon).
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Harriet K. Stratis and Martha Tedeschi (eds.), The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler: A Catalogue Raisonné 1 (New York, 1998), pp. 54-55, no. 5 (ill.).
The Art Institute of Chicago, “Songs on Stone: James McNeill Whistler and the Art of Lithography,” June 6, 1998-August 30, 1998, pp. 26 and 29, cat. 3, fig. 8; traveled to the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, October 2, 1998-January 3, 1999.
“AN AMERICAN CONVERSATION: WORKS ON PAPER FROM TWO COLLECTIONS,” The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, April-July 2005 (Gallery 163)
Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916), Chicago, by 1916; by descent to his wife [Lugt 2972]; given to the Art Institute, 1917.
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