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

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The Girl in Red

Titles

The recorded titles are as follows:

  • 'A Girl' (1904, Royal Hibernian Academy). 1
  • 'The Girl in Red' (1905, ISSPG). 2
  • 'The Girl in Red' (1980, YMSM). 3

'The Girl in Red' is the generally accepted title.

Description


                    The Girl in Red, private collection
The Girl in Red, private collection

A half-length portrait of a girl with long hair, in vertical format. She wears a red dress and is seen against a red background.

Sitter


                    The Girl in Red, photograph, Knoedler's
The Girl in Red, photograph, Knoedler's

A photograph of the painting, formerly in Knoedler's Archive, New York, was inscribed 'Rose' but it is not known if that was the name of the model.

Notes:

1: Pictures presented to the City of Dublin to form the Nucleus of a Gallery of Modern Art, also pictures lent by the executors of the late James Staats Forbes and others, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 1904 (cat. no. 81).

2: 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. 28).

3: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 312).

Last updated: 2nd January 2021 by Margaret