The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler

YMSM 445
The Little Yellow Girl, Lyme Regis

The Little Yellow Girl, Lyme Regis

Artist: James McNeill Whistler
Date: 1895
Collection: Whereabouts Unknown
Accession Number: none
Medium: oil
Support: unknown
Size: unknown
Signature: unknown
Inscription: unknown
Frame: unknown

Date

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

Images

The Little Yellow Girl, Lyme Regis, Whereabouts unknown
The Little Yellow Girl, Lyme Regis, Whereabouts unknown

Subject

Titles

Only one title is known, with minor variations:

Description

Unknown. it was probably the portrait of a girl in a yellow dress, possibly a half-length portrait.

Sitter

Unknown. Whistler praised the beauty of 'the little Lyme Regis maidens!' but did not refer to any specific painting in doing so. 5

Technique

Technique

Unknown.

Conservation History

Unknown.

Frame

Unknown.

History

Provenance

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.

Exhibitions

As far as is known, it was not 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

Journals 1906-Present

Websites

Unpublished

Other


Notes:

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.