This is a unique proof in which Whistler has drawn very delicately around the face, hair, shoulders, and bodice of the figure by scratching in white directly on the paper, especially on the mouth, chin, and eyes. The plate went through several revisions, and this proof, printed in black ink, escaped both Kennedy and McDonald, who cites one known impression of the state in brown ink without any touching by the artist.
Elinor was the daughter of Whistler’s great patron, Frederick Leyland, in whose house he painted The Peacock Room three years after this print.
Harris Whittemore Collection, Waterbury, CT; to
John P. Elton (1865-1948; a friend of Whittemore), Waterbury, CT;
Kennedy 109 seventh state of seven, unique touched proof;
Glasgow 137 eighth state of eight, unique touched proof (unknown to Margaret McDonald)