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An image of The music room by James Abbott McNeill Whistler

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

(United States of America, England 11 Jul 1834 – 17 Jul 1903)

The music room
Media category
Materials used
etching and drypoint in brown ink
ii of 2 states

14.5 x 21.6 cm platemark; 18.5 x 30.9 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1975
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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.). 93

Exhibition history (3)

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