Profile Sketch of a Child

Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
ca. 1855-1860
Medium
Pencil on off-white wove paper
Dimensions
H x W: 12.6 x 10.2 cm (4 15/16 x 4 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1898.180
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Drawing
Type

Drawing

Keywords
child, United States
Provenance

Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London [1]

To 1898
H. Wunderlich & Co., New York to 1898 [2]

From 1898 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from H. Wunderlich & Co., through Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938), in November 1898 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]

Notes:

[1] See Original Whistler List, Haden Collection Drawings, pg. 2, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See Voucher No. 20, November 1898, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] See note 2.

[4] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

H. Wunderlich & Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Seymour Haden 1818 - 1910
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

Some of Whistler's earliest works depict children, including both relatives and other tots he met on his travels. While this sitter is unidentified, the drawing comes closest to an early etching Seymour, Seated. The two children have similar profiles. The costumes, with white Eton collars, large black bow ties, and jackets, are also analogous, although Seymour's hair seems to be somewhat longer than the unidentified child's.

Published References
  • Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours : A Catalogue RaisonnĂ©. New Haven, 1995. .
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 211, pl. 150.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum