Harmony in Flesh Colour and Red probably dates from between 1863 and 1867.
1863/1867: It is dated partly from the technique, and the Asian accessories, such as are seen in Whistler's work from 1863 on, in, for instance, La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine [YMSM 050] and Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony [YMSM 056]. The carpet is similar to that in Sketch for 'La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine' [YMSM 049], which is thought to date from 1863/1864. However, the dresses suggest a slightly later date.
1866/1868: A related drawing, Two figures [M.0311], has been roughly dated to between 1866 and 1868. The dress of the figures in this drawing and in Harmony in Flesh Colour and Red references contemporary dress of about 1867.
1867/1870: The setting, with rug and fans, has parallels in the 'Six Projects', particularly The White Symphony: Three Girls [YMSM 087], which is dated 1867/1869. Andrew McLaren Young (1913-1975) suggested a date between 1867 and 1870, relating it to this and the other 'Six Projects'. 1
Last updated: 4th June 2021 by Margaret