The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler

M.0668
r.: Demon; v.: Young woman

r.: Demon; v.: Young woman

Artist: James McNeill Whistler
Date: 1878
Collection: Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY
Accession Number: 69.89
Medium: pen and dark brown ink
Support: off-white laid paper
Size: 4 1/2 x 3 9/16" (114 x 90 mm)
Signature: none
Inscription: v.: '#5' in an unknown hand

Date

r.: Demon; v.: Young woman date from 1878.

r.: Demon, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute
r.: Demon, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute

v.: Young woman, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute
v.: Young woman, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute

The sketches are fully catalogued in MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 668).

Images

r.: Demon, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute
r.: Demon, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute

v.: Young woman, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute
v.: Young woman, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute

Subject

Sitter

r.: Demon, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute
r.: Demon, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute

The demon was probably an actor, seen on visits by Whistler and friends to see Henry James Byron's burlesque Little Dr Faust, at the Gaiety Theatre in January 1878. Whistler drew and painted several subjects related to these performances (r.: Masked girl wearing a head-dress skipping; v.: Dancer m0663, Souvenir of the Gaiety m0664, r.: Nellie Farren; v.: Demon m0665, r.: Demon; v.: Two sketches of Nellie Farren m0666, and Harmony in Blue: The Duet y196.

Technique

Conservation History

r.: Demon, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute
r.: Demon, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute

v.: Young woman, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute
v.: Young woman, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute

The sheet was torn by the artist and intended for destruction, but retrieved and repaired by Thomas Way

History

Provenance

Exhibitions

It has not been exhibited.

Bibliography

Catalogues Raisonnés


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