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

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Flesh Colour and Silver: The Card Players

Titles

Only one title has been suggested, with minor punctuation changes:

  • 'Flesh Colour and Silver. The Card Players' (1905, Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Paris). 1
  • 'Flesh Colour and Silver – The Card Players' (1936, University of Glasgow). 2
  • 'Flesh Colour and Silver: The Card Players' (1908, YMSM). 3

For consistency with other entries, 'Flesh Colour and Silver: The Card Players' is the preferred title.

Description


                    Flesh Colour and Silver: The Card Players, The Hunterian
Flesh Colour and Silver: The Card Players, The Hunterian

A figure study in horizontal format. Two girls, clad only in head scarves or caps, sit facing each other on a long straight-backed sofa, playing cards. Their bodies are at right angles to the viewer and their pose is rather uncomfortable: the girl on the right, facing left, has her right foot hooked under her left knee, but the other girl (facing right) has both feet awkwardly positioned on the ground. The background is a dingy yellow ochre, the white sofa appears mostly grey.

Sitter

Rita Martin, Gladys Carrington, bromide postcard print, 1900s, National Portrait Gallery x131493
Rita Martin, Gladys Carrington, bromide postcard print, 1900s, National Portrait Gallery x131493
Bassano Ltd, Eva Carrington, Lady de Clifford, later Mrs Tate, 1913, National Portrait Gallery x80113
Bassano Ltd, Eva Carrington, Lady de Clifford, later Mrs Tate, 1913, National Portrait Gallery x80113
Bassano Ltd, Eva Carrington, Lady de Clifford, later Mrs Tate, 1913, National Portrait Gallery x80110
Bassano Ltd, Eva Carrington, Lady de Clifford, later Mrs Tate, 1913, National Portrait Gallery x80110
Bassano Ltd, Eva Carrington, Lady de Clifford, later Mrs Tate, 1913, National Portrait Gallery x80111
Bassano Ltd, Eva Carrington, Lady de Clifford, later Mrs Tate, 1913, National Portrait Gallery x80111

The models for the figures in this painting were Gladys Winifred Carrington (1889-1940) and Eva Victoria Carrington (1887-1979) , two sisters who regularly sat for Whistler. They also appear in a number of his pastels, including Two nudes seated on a sofa, one with a cap and fan [M.1531]. Later photographs of Eva, Lady de Clifford, later Mrs Arthur Stock, and Mrs George V. Tate, are reproduced above.

Comments


                    The Fortune Teller, The Hunterian
The Fortune Teller, The Hunterian

The subject of card-playing also appears on the recto of a pastel, r.: The Fortune Teller; v.: A nude lying on a sofa [M.1274], dating from the early 1890s. The subject is associated with symbols of fate and fortune.

Notes:

1: Œuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 51).

2: James McNeill Whistler, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, 1936 (cat. no. 9).

3: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 496).

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