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

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Note in Red: The Siesta


Several possible titles have been recorded:

  • 'Note in red – The Siesta' (1884, Dowdeswell). 1
  • Possibly 'Eine rote Stimmung' (1888, Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Munich). 2
  • 'A Red Note – The Sofa' (1889, Wunderlich). 3
  • 'La Note Rouge' (1891, Whistler). 4
  • 'La Note Rouge' (1904, Copley Society, Boston). 5
  • 'La Note Rouge' (1905, ISSPG). 6
  • 'Note in Red: The Siesta' (1980, YMSM). 7

'Note in Red: The Siesta' is the preferred title.


                    Note in Red: The Siesta, Terra Foundation for American Art
Note in Red: The Siesta, Terra Foundation for American Art

An interior in horizontal format. It shows a woman in a white dress, facing away from the viewer, lying on a chaise longue covered in a red patterned material. Her head is at left, resting on the high end of the sofa. She has a red shawl clasped over her body, and there is a pink cloth flung over the back of the sofa at right.


Probably Maud Franklin (1857-ca 1941) .


1: 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884 (cat. no. 17).

2: III. Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Königlicher Glaspalast, Munich, 1888 (cat. no. 58).

3: “Notes” – “Harmonies” – “Nocturnes”, H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1889 (cat. no. 26).

4: Whistler to D. C. Thomson, [24/30 September 1891], GUW #08197.

5: Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 (cat. no. 84).

6: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, Regent Street, London, 1905 (cat. no. 142, deluxe edition).

7: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 254).

Last updated: 2nd April 2021 by Margaret