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Title

The music room

1858


Artist

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

United States of America, England

11 Jul 1834 - 17 Jul 1903


About

In 1858 in Paris Whistler fell ill and went to stay with the family of his half-sister Deborah. She was married to the surgeon, Francis Seymour Haden, who owned a considerable collection of prints, especially those of Rembrandt, and was on the path of becoming a highly accomplished etcher in his own right. Haden encouraged his brother-in-law to start etching during his convalescence, and Whistler found convenient subjects in the Haden household at 62 Sloane Street, London. The man reading the newspaper is Haden; the woman is Deborah Haden, and the other figure is James Reeves Traer, Haden’s medical partner.


Details


Date

1858


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching and drypoint in brown ink


Edition

ii of 2 states


Dimensions

14.5 x 21.6 cm platemark; 18.5 x 30.9 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1975


Location

Not on display


Accession number

17.1975


Artist information

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Works in the collection

29


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Nicholas Draffin (Curator), The bitten image: European etchings from the collection, Sydney, 1980, 13. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Whistler to Freud: Etchings in Great Britain, Sydney, 2001, (illus.). cat.no. 93