The Japanese Dress
|Size:||100 x 68 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at right|
|No. of States:||1|
|Impressions taken from this plate (2)|
'The Japanese Dress' (1887, Whistler). 2
'Girl Reading[,] Japanese. Dress' (1890/1892, Beatrice Whistler (1857-1896)). 3
'The Japanese Gown' (1903/1935, possibly Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958)). 4
'The Japanese Dress' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 5
Whistler's original title, 'The Japanese Dress' was accepted by Mansfield and later cataloguers.
2: Whistler to T. McLean, 12 December 1887, GUW #13017.
3: List, [1890/1892], GUW #12715.
4: Envelope containing copper plate, University of Glasgow.
5: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 335).
The Arabian m1273, chalk and pastel, 1890/1892,
The Hunterian, GLAHA 46149 .
The same title but not the same subject is seen in a pastel, The Japanese Dress m1227. Whistler collected kimono and oriental embroideries for dressing up his models and his studio. The robe - or one very like it - appears in full colour in the pastels The Japanese Dress m1227 and The Arabian m1273 (which is reproduced above), and similar oriental robes in several pastels dating from about 1888-1892 including The Embroidered Robe m1224, A masked woman m1225, Design for a Mosaic m1226 and The Fortune Teller. 6 It is also represented in a lithograph, dating from 1892/1893, reproduced below.
6: r.: The Fortune Teller; v.: A nude lying on a sofa m1274.
Draped Model, Standing by a Sofa c075, Lithograph, 1892/1893,
The Hunterian, University of Glasgow (49225).