Draped Study probably dates from between 1885 and 1887. 1 It is only known from a photograph, now in the Pennell Collection, Library of Congress, but originally owned by Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), who was a close friend and 'follower' of Whistler, particularly around 1884-1886.
The lack of information about the scale of this picture makes it particularly difficult to date. If it was a small panel it could well date from the mid-1880s, the subject being comparable to such oils as Violet and Rose: La Belle de Jour [YMSM 319], which dates from about 1885. However, if it was a larger work, possibly on canvas, it could have dated from the 1860s, being comparable, for example, to Study of a Female Figure [YMSM 081].
Last updated: 1st April 2019 by Margaret