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Design for matting

Whistler, James Abbott McNeill (draughtsman)

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Design for matting

(recto title)

Another design for matting (verso title)


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







Technique Description

recto: black and white chalk verso: black chalk on brown paper


height: 286 mm
width: 186 mm


1873 to 1875


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

Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell; C.J. Knowles; Mrs Loyse Knowles


MacDonald dates this drawing 1873-5 and relates the design to matting which appears in the background of Whistler's portrait of Mrs Leyland (Frick Collection, MacClaren Young et al (otherwise abbreviated as YMSM), 106) and in his portrait of Cicely Alexander (Tate). Another similar design for matting in the Fogg Art Museum (MacDonald 493).


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

Accession Number

PD.73-1959 (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(Reference Number: 14373; Input Date: 2000-10-17 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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