C. L. Drouet, Sculptor
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||226 x 152 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler' at lower right, 'Whistler Maitre Eaufortier' at upper right|
|Inscribed:||'1859.' at lower right; 'Drouet. Sculpteur.' at lower centre|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||2|
|Catalogues:||K.55; M.55; T.55; W.53|
|Impressions taken from this plate (73)|
'Drouet Sculpteur' (1859, Whistler). 2
'Drouet' (1870s, Whistler). 3
'Portrait, "Mons. Drouet, sculptor"' (1874, Whistler). 4
'Portrait of Mons. Drouet, Sculptor' (1874, James Anderson Rose (1819-1890)). 5
'Drouet' (1886, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 6
'Portrait of Drouet, the Sculptor' (1893, Chicago). 7
'Drouet' (1897, Whistler). 8
Although in letters Whistler referred to this portrait merely as 'Drouet', the original title was longer, 'Drouet Sculpteur' or 'Portrait, "Mons. Drouet, sculptor" '. The use of English and French in various titles is inconsistent. 'Drouet, Sculpteur' reflects Whistler's original intentions, with added punctuation ('Drouet, Sculptor' would be the English equivalent).
Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl y038
In 1897 Whistler took Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932) to visit Drouet, describing him as 'a most extraordinary person! He is a sculptor ... a gourmet ... a most generous fellow, in a way, to his friends.' 10 Kennedy added:
9: Pennell 1921C[more], p. 93.
10: Note, 7 June 1897, GUW #09769.
Drouet bequeathed one impression of the drypoint to the Print Department of the Bibliothèque Nationale.
A later portrait of Drouet by Léon Augustin L'Hermitte, a charcoal drawing dated 1885, shows him with less hair. 12 Later still, an oil portrait by Jean Patricot (1865-1928) painted in 1904 showed Drouet as L'homme en blanc - perhaps in homage to Whistler's famous Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl y038. 13
12: Sotheby's, New York, 29 October 2002 (cat. no. 79).
13: Musée d'Orsay RF 1980.20; website at http://www.musee-orsay.fr
14: Lochnan 1984[more], pp. 104-106. Etching, 1620; D.13; Rijksmuseum, RP-P-BI-7417 at http://www.rijksmuseum.nl (acc. 2012).