The Duet, No. 2

Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
1894
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 21.7 x 17.3 cm (8 9/16 x 6 13/16 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1903.281
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Lithograph

Keywords
interior, music, piano, United States, woman
Provenance

To 1903
Rosalind Birnie-Philip (1873-1958), London, to 1903 [1]

From 1903 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), received from Rosalind Birnie-Philip in 1903 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Whistler List, Lithographs, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] 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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Rosalind Birnie Philip (C.L. Freer source) 1873-1958

Label

In this lithograph, Beatrix Whistler and her sister Ethel Birnie Philip are seated at a grand piano lit by a small lamp in the drawing room at 110 rue du Bac. Although the print has come to be known as The Duet, No. 2, recent scholarship suggests that it was drawn before a slightly later version known as The Duet.
Whistler lithographs are identified by "C." numbers as described in The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998). This print is C.96.

Published References
  • The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler. 2 vol., Chicago and New York, 1998. pp. 438-443.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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