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A Lady wearing a hat with a feather

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 118
Date: 1873/1874
Medium: drypoint
Size: 227 x 150 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 1
Catalogues: K.130; M.129
Impressions taken from this plate  (1)


clothing, dress, fashion, full-length, hat, model, portrait, woman standing.


Whistler's original title is not known. Variations on the title include the following:

'Full Length Figure of a Lady, facing to the right in hat with feather' (1898, Wunderlich's). 2
'Full-length figure of a lady in hat with feather' (1902, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 3
'Lady Standing' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 4
'A Lady Wearing a Hat with a Feather' (1910, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 5

The preferred title is 'A Lady wearing a hat with a feather', which is simple and descriptive.

2: New York 1898 (cat. no. 295).

3: Kennedy 1902[more] (cat. no. 364).

4: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 129).

5: Kennedy 1910[more] (cat. no. 130).


A young woman stands facing three-quarters right, her right arm hanging by her side, and her left arm resting upon a desk or chair to right. She wears a dark hat with a medium-sized brim, decorated with a white feather. Her dress has a long, fitted bodice and overskirt that is looped up at the back into a big 'bustle' or bow. The sleeves are fitted, and cut slightly low on the shoulder. There is a lace ruffle round the high neck. The background to left of her body and to right of her head is shaded with vertical lines.


Etching: c_K114_02
Maud Franklin, 1880s, detail of photograph,
Library of Congress.
Probably Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941). She started posing for Whistler for the final sittings for Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink: Portrait of Mrs Frances Leyland y106. A later etching with a profile portrait of Maud Franklin in a less substantial hat and a dress with more frills is seen in Maud, Standing 169, which is reproduced below.Etching: K1140502