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Girl Standing

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 152
Date: 1875
Medium: drypoint
Size: 279 x 152 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 18
Catalogues: K.131; M.130
Impressions taken from this plate  (18)


cancelled plate, girl standing, model, portrait.


Whistler's original title is not known. It was not listed in any records by Whistler or his wife. Various titles include:

'Full-length figure of a girl with short hair' (1902, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 1
'Girl Standing' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 2
'A Girl with Large Eyes' (1910, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 3

Two of these titles are inaccurate. It is a three-quarter length portrait, not full-length; and it is only the cancellation lines that make the girl's eyes look big. Mansfield's title, 'Girl Standing', although rather similar to several other etchings, is preferable.

1: Kennedy 1902[more] (cat. no. 365).

2: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 130).

3: Kennedy 1910[more] (cat. no. 131).


A three-quarter length portrait of a girl or young woman with hair cut in a fringe, who stands turning toward the left, but facing front, her left arm hanging by her side. She has a small ruff or frill around her neck, a fitted bodice, and narrow skirt. The space about her head is shaded with broad areas of neat cross-hatched lines, and there is a slight indication of the floor or dado behind her, to right.


It is most likely that this is one of the Leyland girls, possibly Elinor Leyland (1861-1952). The dress, with its small ruff, is similar to that in Tatting 130. It is also possible that it is an early portrait of Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), who appears in a dress with with ruffles in The Letter (Maud, seated) 116.