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Study of a female nude, stooping in profile to right

Whistler, James Abbott McNeill (draughtsman)

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Study of a female nude, stooping in profile to right


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







Technique Description

black, white and coloured chalks on brown paper


height: 305 mm
width: 229 mm


1870 to 1873


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


  1. signature
    Position: lower left-hand corner
    Description: butterfly monogram


  1. MacDonald, Margaret F. (1995) James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven & London
    [comments: no. 368 (as 'Study of a Nude')]


MacDonald dates this drawing 1870-1873, and identifies it as a study for the two left hand figures in Whistler's painting, 'The Three Girls' (YMSM88), one of the two paintings commissioned by F.R. Leyland in 1867. Other studies are catalogued by MacDonald (nos. 359-373). She relates this drawing to another in the Hunterian Art Gallery (no. 369), both of which she identifies as studies for the etching, 'Tillie, a model' (K.117 c. 1873).


black chalk (medium)
white chalk (medium)
coloured chalk (medium)
paper (support)

Accession Number

PD.65-1959 (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(Reference Number: 14357; Input Date: 2000-10-17 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

Related Object

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