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Annie

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
(1903.230)
Number: 7
Date: 1857/1858
Medium: etching
Size: 119 x 81 mm
Signed: 'J.W' at lower left (1-2); 'Whistler' lower right (2); both removed (3); 'Whistler' lower left (4-final)
Inscribed: 'Imp. Delatre. Rue St. Jacques. 171.' at lower right (4-final); 'Annie' at bottom (6-final)
Set/Publication: 'French Set', 1858
No. of States: 7
Known impressions: 55
Catalogues: K.10; M.8; T.10; W.15
Impressions taken from this plate  (55)

KEYWORD

child, clothing, dress, girl, portrait.

TITLE

It has mostly been called 'Annie' by Whistler and cataloguers alike:


' Annie ' (1858, Whistler). 1
' Annie ' (1858, Whistler). 2
' Annie Haden' (1870s, Whistler). 3
' Annie ' (1874, Ralph Thomas, Jr (1840-1876)). 4


' Annie ' is the preferred title, avoiding confusion with other portraits such as Annie Haden with Books [6], Annie, Seated [32] and Annie Haden [67].

1: Etched on the copper plate.

2: Douze eaux-fortes d'après Nature.

3: Written on Graphic with a link to impression #K0100413.

4: Thomas 1874 (cat. no. 10).

DESCRIPTION

A young girl with wavy hair parted at the right and falling down her back stands turned toward the left, in three-quarter view, looking towards the artist. She is wearing a dark dress with a broad ruffle on the bodice, and full sleeves with a short shoulder cap. She has an apron over her short, full skirt. Only her left arm is visible, at right, holding up the skirt of her frock, so that her petticoat is just visible. She is wearing stockings and flat shoes. She is lit from the right and casts a faint shadow to the left. No background is shown.

SITTER

Whistler wrote 'Annie Haden - ' on one impression (Graphic with a link to impression #K0100413). Her name, 'Annie' was etched on the plate in the final state, after publication in the 'French Set', and possibly to complement the portrait of her brother, Seymour [30], which also has the name added.
Annie Harriet Haden (1848-1937) was the model for Annie Haden with Books [6], Annie, Seated [32] and Annie Haden [67], and for two paintings, At the Piano [y024] and Harmony in Green and Rose: The Music Room [y034], which is illustrated below.
Comparative image
Harmony in Green and Rose: The Music Room [y034], oil, 1860/1861,
Freer Gallery of Art.