(United States of America, England 11 Jul 1834 – 17 Jul 1903)
14.5 x 21.6 cm platemark; 18.5 x 30.9 cm sheet
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.
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
The Bitten Image: European etchings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Jul 1980–14 Sep 1980
Whistler to Freud: etching in Great Britain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Aug 2001–11 Nov 2001
European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014