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Nora Quinn

Impression: Library of Congress
Library of Congress
(FP-XIX-W576, no. 333)
Number: 364
Date: 1887/1888
Medium: etching
Size: 218 x 129 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.333; M.329
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)


model, portrait, woman, woman seated.


Few variations on the title are known, although the name is sometimes spelt in different ways, as seen in the following examples:

'Nora Quinn' (1889, Whistler). 2
'Norah Quinn' (1890/1892, Beatrice Whistler (1857-1896)). 3
'Nora Quinn' (1902, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 4

'Nora Quinn' is the original and preferred title.

2: List, 18 July 1889, GUW #13235.

3: List, [1890/1892], GUW #12715.

4: Kennedy 1902[more] (cat. no. 367).


A full-length portrait of a seated young woman. She sits turned to the left, but looking at the viewer, with her hands in her lap. She is wearing a plain, loose fitting coat and a hat with a narrow brim, a ribbon round the crown. She has short dark hair falling in a long fringe across her forehead. There is a little shading in the background.


Nora Quinn has not been identified. The name suggests she was Irish. Given the simplicity of her clothes and somewhat downtrodden look, she may have been a servant, and almost certainly not a professional model.