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

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Rose et or: La Napolitaine


Suggestions for the title are as follows:

  • 'Rose et Or: La Napolitaine' (1904, Royal Society of Portrait Painters). 1
  • 'Rose et or: La Napolitaine' (1980, YMSM). 2
  • 'Pink and Gold: The Neapolitan' (2018, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza). 3

'Pink and Gold: The Neapolitan' is a translation of the original title: the earlier title 'Rose et Or: La Napolitaine' is preferred.


                    Rose et or: La Napolitaine, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Rose et or: La Napolitaine, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

A head and bust portrait of a woman, in vertical format. She is in three-quarter view, turned slightly to her left, but looks at the viewer. She has black hair parted in the middle, and a black shawl over a dark pink or purple dress.


Carmen Rossi (b. ca 1878 . She modelled for Whistler when young and again in the late 1890s. By September 1898 she was established as proprietor of the Académie Carmen at No. 6 Passage Stanislas, Paris, and they were in frequent contact until the Académie closed in 1901.


1: 14th Exhibition, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1904 (cat. no. 4).

2: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 505).

3: Museum website at

Last updated: 7th June 2021 by Margaret