Brushing the Hair
|Size:||231 x 154 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler.' at lower right|
|Inscribed:||'1863.' at lower right|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||1|
|Impressions taken from this plate (17)|
It is drawn with sweeping lines of the drypoint needle.
There was a proof of Brushing the Hair, which was mentioned by Whistler in 1900 as a 'rare proof of Jo & her sister doing her hair - "The Toilette" I think it may be called - (dry point)'. 9 However, this has not been located.
9: Whistler to E.G. Kennedy, [12/15 February 1900], GUW #09799.
Brushing the Hair is only known in impressions from the cancelled plate. It was probably printed in an edition of as many as 20 impressions. It was printed in black ink, usually on laid paper, with minimal tone. The burr of the drypoint lines is still noticeable.
The paper is usually laid, ivory or cream in colour () and sometimes bears a partial Strasbourg Lily watermark, one having the additional letters 'LGZ' ().