Detail from The Canal, Amsterdam, 1889, James McNeill Whistler, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

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Dorothy Seton

Dorothy Seton dates from 1902. On Monday 20 October 1902, according to Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), Whistler had been painting 'Miss Seton', whom she described as:

'a Miss Seton, who was rolling up her reddish hair when I came in. "Most people think she isn’t pretty," Whistler said, "but I find hers a remarkable face. It reminds me of Hogarth's Shrimp Girl in the National Gallery". He had been working, but only a very little. He did not seem able to get back to it again. He showed me a sketch of her head, against a grey-green background, on a tiny panel.' 1


1: Pennell 1921C [more], p. 257; see also Pennell 1908 [more], vol. 2, p. 291.

Last updated: 3rd January 2021 by Margaret