Young man smoking a pipe

Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
ca. 1855-1859
Medium
Pencil on buff paper
Dimensions
H x W: 8.4 x 6.9 cm (3 5/16 x 2 11/16 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1898.198
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Drawing
Type

Drawing

Keywords
man, sketch from life, smoking, 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)

Francis Seymour Haden 1818-1910
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
H. Wunderlich & Co. (C.L. Freer source) 1874-1912

Label

Although the paper support differs from most of the drawings executed on Whistler's travels to western France and Germany, it is possible that this drawing dates from about that time. The leaning figure at the lower right could be bending over the side of a boat, and there are several other scenes with pipe smokers that are associated with Whistler's trip. In any case, the drawing is an early one, executed rapidly and with confidence, direct from life.

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. 151.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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