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"Dorothy Seton - A Daughter of Eve" May 1903
CRE WHISTLER, James McNeill; (American; 1834-1903)
Oil on canvas
51.7 x 31.8
Gilded reeded, 82.2 x 62.6 x 7.5
(552) Plate 355 YOUNG, Andrew McLaren, MACDONALD, Margaret F., SPENCER, Robin and MILES, Hamish 1980 The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven and London
This is one of Whistler's last paintings. The portrait was reputedly completed uncharacteristically quickly, in one sitting of just a couple of hours. Whistler admired his model's appearance, declaring, 'Most people think she isn't pretty but I find hers a remarkable face. It reminds me of Hogarth's The Shrimp Girl in the National Gallery.' The russet note of the apple, which reinforces the reference in the title to Eve, complements the sitter's striking auburn hair. Whistler also painted another lost oil of Dorothy Seton (YMSM 551), as well as two lithographic portraits of her (Chicago 171, 172 / Levy 191, 192).
Birnie Philip Gift, 1935, not lendable.
PORTRAIT : APPLE : WILLIAM HOGARTH : SHRIMP GIRL : DOROTHY SETON : WHISTLER CENTENARY : ON DISPLAY :