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Seated Lady, reading; facing left Figure Reading

Whistler, James Abbott McNeill (draughtsman)

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Seated Lady, reading; facing left Figure Reading


Whistler, James Abbott McNeill (draughtsman) [ULAN info: American artist, 1834-1903]







Technique Description

charcoal and black chalk on brown paper


height: 235 mm
width: 191 mm


1871 to 1873


bequeathed: Knowles, Guy John Fenton 1959 (Filtered for: Paintings, Drawings and Prints)


  1. MacDonald, Margaret F. (1995) James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven & London
    [comments: no. 428 (as 'Figure Reading')]
  2. Salvesen, Britt Songs on Stone: James McNeill Whistler and the Art of Lithography, Chicago [page: 30]
    Source title: The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies (
    [comments: no. 13, fig. 17]


MacDonald suggest that the figure may represent Mrs Francis Leyland (1834-1910), who married F.R. Leyland in 1855. It shows her in a pose similar to Whistler's mother in the 'Arrangement in Grey and Black' (YMSM100).


charcoal (medium)
black chalk (medium)
paper (support)

Accession Number

PD.64-1959 (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(Reference Number: 14356; Input Date: 2000-10-17 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

Related Object

PD.68-1959 - Study of a seated female nude, seen from behind

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