La Mère Gérard (2) dates from 1858 or 1859: the dated signature is partly rubbed out.
On 28 October 1858 the Maison Fontaine, frame-makers at Cité Bergère, No. 2, Faubourg Montmartre, No. 6, Paris, sent Whistler a bill for purchases over the previous year, including 'Deux bordures toiles de 2 en 3° canaux' (Two frames for canvas size 2 with 3° reeded mouldings). 1 The French canvas size 2 was 24 x 19 cm for a figure subject, 24 x 16 cm for a landscape and 24 x 14 cm for a marine. La Mère Gérard (2)'s canvas at 24.1 x 17.8 cm is close to the French figure size 2 canvas, but does not match it precisely. It is possible that the canvas was originally slightly wider, and has been cut down.
Last updated: 25th November 2020 by Margaret