The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler

YMSM 367
Petite Bonne à la porte d'une auberge

Petite Bonne à la porte d'une auberge

Artist: James McNeill Whistler
Date: 1887/1889
Collection: Private Collection
Accession Number: none
Medium: oil
Support: wood
Size: 215 x 126 mm (8 1/2 x 5")
Signature: butterfly
Inscription: none

Date

Petite Bonne à la porte d'une auberge probably dates from the late 1880s, between 1887 and 1889, but could be later. 1

Petite Bonne à la porte d'une auberge, Private collection
Petite Bonne à la porte d'une auberge, Private collection

It is difficult to date: it has been dated from the technique and butterfly signature.

Images

Petite Bonne à la porte d'une auberge, Private collection
Petite Bonne à la porte d'une auberge, Private collection

Petite Bonne à la porte d'une auberge, photograph, 1980
Petite Bonne à la porte d'une auberge, photograph, 1980

Subject

Titles

Only one title is known:

Description

Petite Bonne à la porte d'une auberge, Private collection
Petite Bonne à la porte d'une auberge, Private collection

A small figure study in vertical format, showing a young maid outside the door of an inn, facing the viewer. She has bare feet, and holds a brush in her right hand. She wears a scarf or bonnet over her hair, and a white apron over her kilted up skirts.

Site

The inn has not been identified, although it is assumed to have been in France.

Sitter

The little maid has not been identified.

Technique

Technique

Petite Bonne à la porte d'une auberge,  private collection
Petite Bonne à la porte d'une auberge, private collection

It was painted carefully, with comparatively small brushstrokes.

Conservation History

Unknown.

Frame

Unknown.

History

Provenance

Mrs H. S. Schwann lent it to the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in 1905. According to the London art dealer David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), it was sold through Scott & Fowles to an unnamed American collector. There are several gaps in the recorded provenance thereafter.

The Berger Collection Educational Trust was started in 1996 by the late William M. B. Berger and his wife Bernadette Johnson Berger, and is housed at Denver Art Museum.

Exhibitions

It is not known to have been exhibited in Whistler's lifetime.

Bibliography

Catalogues Raisonnés

Authored by Whistler

Catalogues 1855-1905

Journals 1855-1905

Monographs

Books on Whistler

Books, General

Catalogues 1906-Present

EXHIBITIONS:

SALES:

Journals 1906-Present

Websites

Unpublished

Other


Notes:

1: 'Probably painted in the late 1880s' according to YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 367).

2: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, Regent Street, London, 1905 (cat. no. 107).

3: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 367).