Standing Nude

Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903)
Historical period(s)
ca. 1865-1870
Drawing; black and white chalk on brown paper
H x W: 28 x 19.4 cm (11 x 7 5/8 in)
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


United States, woman

James Staats Forbes (1823-1904), London [1]

To 1905
William Marchant & Co., London, to 1905 [2]

From 1905 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from William Marchant & Co. in 1905 [3]

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


[1] Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record states: "From the Forbes collection. See Journal Voucher No. 1, December 1905."

[2] See Original Whistler List, Drawings, pg. 5, 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)

William Marchant & Co. (C.L. Freer source)
James Staats Forbes 1823 - 1904
Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919


In his early nudes, Whistler followed standard academic practice, first drawing the figure in the nude, then adding the costume over it. He often did this on a single sheet, but sometimes produced separate drawings. This nude seems to have been preparatory to Morning Glories (see F1903.147), in which the same model is clad in a classical Greek garment known as a chiton.

Published References
  • Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours : A Catalogue RaisonnĂ©. New Haven, 1995. .
  • Elizabeth Robins Pennell Joseph Pennell. The Life of James McNeill Whistler. 2 vols., London and Philadelphia. p. 138.
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 240, pl. 211.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

Copyright with museum