|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||227 x 151 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler.' at lower right|
|Inscribed:||'1859.' at lower right|
|No. of States:||2|
|Catalogues:||K.51; M.51; T.30; W.30|
|Impressions taken from this plate (69)|
'Bibi Lalouette - Paris' (1870s, Whistler). 1
'Bibi L'Allouette' (1874, Ralph Thomas, Jr (1840-1876)). 2
'Portrait of Bibi L’Allouette' (1874, James Anderson Rose (1819-1890)). 3
'Bibi Lalouette' (1886, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 4
The pet name of the sitter was 'Bibi Lalouette' and this, as the title, is confirmed by Whistler's pencil note, written on an impression of the etching, and by later cataloguers, except for some, like Thomas, who spelled it incorrectly.
5: Wedmore 1886 A[more] (cat. no. 30).
'One child - " Bibi l'Allouth" [sic] - has such a head of soft, curly hair that one is tempted to touch the delicate locks to see if they are really but pictures. It reminded one of the hair painted so beautifully in the portraits of J.O. Eaton, Esq., of New York ... ' 7
Joseph Oriel Eaton (1829-1875), teacher of William Merritt Chasse, was a portrait painter, and did indeed excel in painting wavy hair. 8
7: 'Mr Whistler's Paintings', Baltimore Gazette, after 1 April 1876, in GUL PC1/75; partially quoting E.D. Wallace, 'The Fine Arts Abroad', Forney's Weekly Press, Philadelphia, 1 April 1876.
8: i.e. A woman and child at the barber, 1870, Winter Associates, Plainville, CT, 6 April 2009, Lot 46 at http://www.invaluable.com/(accessed 2012).