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James McNeill Whistler
(1834 - 1903)

FUMETTE 1858. Kennedy 13iv; Glasgow 12v. Etching on delicate Japan paper, printed with plate tone, 163 x 109 mm (6.4 x 4.3”) plus margins. A fine impression but with two slight flaws: a pale discoloration at left, slightly into the image, and a line impressed into the paper across Fumette’s face under her left eye, which is not very noticeable. Published as 'Fumette' in Douze eaux-fortes d'après Nature (Twelve Etchings from Nature, the so-called French Set) in 1858.


"Whistler's first partner, Héloïse was a grisette a vivid and fiery character. A grisette, as described in Henri Murger's Scènes de la vie de Bohème (1848/1851) and Alfred de Musset's poem Mimi Pinson (1845), was a working girl, a young seamstress or milliner, fun-loving and faithful as a lover” – Glasgow catalogue raisonné online.







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