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Annie, Seated

Impression: British Museum
British Museum
Number: 32
Date: 1858/1859
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 130 x 97 mm
Signed: 'Whistler.-' at lower left
Inscribed: ' "Annie-" ' at lower centre (2-final)
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 58
Catalogues: K.30; M.29; T.50; W.24
Impressions taken from this plate  (58)


girl seated, portrait.


There are small variations in the titles for this etching by Whistler and later cataloguers, as follows:

'Annie' (1859, Whistler). 4
'Annie, seated' (1872, British Museum). 5
'Annie Seated' (1874, Ralph Thomas, Jr (1840-1876)). 6
' “Annie” ' (1881, Union League Club). 7
'Annie, Seated' (1886, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 8

Although the name 'Annie' was inscribed by Whistler on the plate, this title cannot be used, because another etching, Annie 007, was published with this title by Whistler in the 'French Set' in 1858. To distinguish it from the published plate, most later cataloguers called the etching 'Annie Seated' or, adding a comma, 'Annie, Seated', which is the preferred version.

4: Inscribed on the plate.

5: B.M. Print room Register of Purchases ..., 1872.

6: Thomas 1874[more] (cat. no. 50).

7: New York 1881 (cat. nos. 35-6).

8: Wedmore 1886 A[more] (cat. no. 24)


Annie is sitting on a round backed wooden chair, facing the viewer, with her elbow leaning on the central cross-bar of the chair at left. Her head is slightly bowed, with shoulder-length hair falling in waves from a central parting. She is wearing a knee-length dress with a full skirt, and loose sleeves gathered at the wrist. Her legs are barely indicated. She is lit from the front, with shadows falling behind and to the left.


Etching: K0100403

Annie 007.
The sitter is Annie Harriet Haden (1848-1937). She was nine or ten years old. Other etched portraits of her are Annie Haden with Books 006, Annie 007 (seen above) and Annie Haden 067. She appears in a similar pose and dress in a group portrait with her mother, Deborah Delano Haden (1825-1908), and a friend, in the oil painting Harmony in Green and Rose: The Music Room y034, reproduced below.
Etching: c_K030_01
Harmony in Green and Rose: The Music Room y034, oil, 1860/1861,
Freer Gallery of Art, Washington DC.