Detail from The Canal, Amsterdam, 1889, James McNeill Whistler, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

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The Little Rose of Lyme Regis

Technique


                    The Little Rose of Lyme Regis, Boston Museum of Fine Arts
The Little Rose of Lyme Regis, Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Whistler made few alterations in painting this portrait although the outline of the hair has been changed. The Boston Museum website notes: 'She wears a red pinafore over a black dress and emerges from a dark background. The artist applied thin layers of paint to create this soft, diffuse likeness...' 1

Pennell reported Whistler as saying that in this portrait and The Master Smith of Lyme Regis [YMSM 450] 'he had really solved the problem of carrying on his work as he wished to until it was finished.' 2

Conservation History


                    The Little Rose of Lyme Regis, photograph, 1980
The Little Rose of Lyme Regis, photograph, 1980

                    The Little Rose of Lyme Regis, Boston Museum of Fine Arts
The Little Rose of Lyme Regis, Boston Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts records it as having been cleaned in 1944 and 1948 and relined and surface cleaned in February 1964.

Notes:

1: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, website at http://www.mfa.org.

2: Pennell 1908 [more] , vol. 2, p. 166.

Last updated: 4th June 2021 by Margaret