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Nude Reclining

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 126
Date: 1874
Medium: drypoint
Size: 216 x 139 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.126; M.123; W.113
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)


Etching: K1260202
Whistler worked on an impression of the first state in bold strokes and washes of indian ink, suggesting changes to be made to the drypoint - a smaller head, shadows on and behind the figure, and stripes on the sofa (). As far as is known these amendments were never made.
Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921) commented: 'A perhaps too slight, yet graceful and rare, dry-point. Mr Menpes has two impressions washed with Indian ink. They needed fortification.' 7

7: Wedmore 1886 A[more] (cat. no. 113).


Only two impressions of Nude Reclining have been located ( and ). Both were printed in black ink, one with additional wash on ivory laid paper from an old ledger, with old Dutch or German inscriptions on the verso (). The second state is on cream 'antique' (pre-1800) laid paper also from a book, with the 'Pro Patria' watermark ().
In addition, a single impression of the cancelled state, also in black ink, has been located ().