La Robe Rouge

Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
1894
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 18.8 x 15.3 cm (7 3/8 x 6 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1906.182
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Lithograph

Keywords
chair, portrait, United States, woman
Provenance

From at least 1906 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from the artist by at least 1906 [1]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [2]

Notes:

[1] See Original Whistler List, Lithographs, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Regarding the purchase details for this object, a note in the Accession File, Collections Management office, states only: "From Mr. Whistler." Also, according to Curatorial Remark 2, G.D.G., 1921, in the object record: "No record existing of the time of purchase, the print was given a registration number for 1906, the year of the printed Inventory."

[2] 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)

James McNeill Whistler (C.L. Freer source) 1834-1903
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

Completed the same night as La Belle Dame Endormie (F1906.183), La Robe Rouge shows Whistler's wife, Beatrix, on the slipcovered sofa in the drawing room of their home at 110 rue du Bac. Whistler approved the production of a commercial edition of this print, and machine-printed impressions on ivory-laid paper were bound into the November 15, 1895, issue of the magazine Studio.

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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