The Little Yellow Girl, Lyme Regis was painted between September and November 1895, when Whistler was staying at Lyme Regis in Dorset. 1
It was listed later by Whistler as 'Lyme. The little yellow girl' among pictures sold to 'Hessel'. 2
The Little Yellow Girl, Lyme Regis, Whereabouts unknown
Only one title is known, with minor variations:
Unknown. it was probably the portrait of a girl in a yellow dress, possibly a half-length portrait.
Unknown. Whistler praised the beauty of 'the little Lyme Regis maidens!' but did not refer to any specific painting in doing so. 5
It was listed by Whistler as 'Lyme. The little yellow girl' among pictures sold to 'Hessel', who was probably the art dealer Charles Hessele. 6
On 8 July 1899 Whistler wrote to another art dealer, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)
'a man here ... has just now carried off seven paintings that you, for the last two years, had not perceived as sufficiently "grown" to be of service - but which properly framed and signed - as they now all are - go to make a mighty pretty little collection.' 7
The works recorded as sold to 'Hessel' or Hessele included Violet and Blue: The Red Feather y503, St Ives, The Nets on the Hill y270, Chelsea, Little Furniture Shop y373, Green and Gold: A Shop in Calais y474 and Blue Sea Piece, Dieppe y525. However, it is not absolutely certain that this sale went through, because several of these works have not been located.
As far as is known, it was not exhibited in Whistler's lifetime.
1: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 445).
2: [June/July 1899] formerly dated [1901/1902], GUW #13662.
3: [June/July 1899], formerly dated [1901/1902], GUW #13662.
4: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 445).
5: Whistler to B. Whistler, 10 November 1895, GUW #06635.
6: [June/July 1899], formerly dated [1900/1902] GUW #13662.
7: GUW #09790.