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Jo's Bent Head

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 88
Date: 1861
Medium: drypoint
Size: 226 x 152 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 25
Catalogues: K.78; M.78
Impressions taken from this plate  (25)


head, portrait, woman, model.


Minor variations on the title include the following:

'Jo' (1870s, Whistler). 1
'Bent head of a woman ...' (1902, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 2
'Jo’s Bent Head' (1904, Copley Society). 3
'Jo’s Bent Head' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 4

'Jo’s Bent Head' is the preferred title, distinguishing this portrait from Jo [87].

1: Written on Graphic with a link to impression #K0780z04.

2: Kennedy 1902 (cat. no. 370).

3: Boston 1904 (cat. nos. 58, 59).

4: Mansfield 1909 (cat. no. 78).


A young woman, with long, wavy hair, stands bending forward and facing to the right. A few lines suggest her figure and the hem of her dress. In the background, above and to right of the head, there is shading.


Joanna Hiffernan (b. ca 1843). Another portrait, Jo [87], is of a similar date.


A similar subject - further developed - is seen in Fumette, Standing [59].