Two years after Whistler and his wife Beatrice moved to Paris and two years before her death from cancer, the artist recorded this intimate scene of Beatrice and her sister Ethel Birnie Philip. The two women, seemingly exchanging secrets, stand surrounded by summer foliage in front of the Whistlers' home at 110, rue du Bac. In floating the image, Whistler lends the scene a sense of fantasy. The artist himself called this lithograph "very very pretty" in a letter to T.R. Way. During their happy eight year marriage, the artist was fond of using his wife and her family as models for his lithographs.
One of only 28 lifetime impressions, our print once belonged to Emma Regina Martin, a well known collector of 19th century prints and drawings, as well as the Whistler collector Robert Rice.
M. Knoedler & Co., Inc.;
Emma Regina Martin, U.S.A., (ca. 1877-1965), her initials verso (David Tunick, Inc. catalogue, Apendix B, no. 1) ; and
By descent; sold via Parke Bernet, New York, May, 1971; to
David Tunick, Inc, New York; 1974 to
Robert Rice, U.S.A. (b. 1925), his stamp on the frame (David Tunick, Inc. catalogue, Apendix B, no. 2); 1974 to