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Girl Reading in Bed


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Description This watercolor was presented to George A. Lucas (1824-1909), the art-agent and collector, who subsequently gifted it to Henry Walters in 1908, the year before his death. The model is Maud Franklin, who Whistler met in London, perhaps as early as 1872 when she was just 15 years old. Franklin posed in a kimono as body-double for Mrs. Frances Leyland, who Whistler was painting at this time. Franklin seems to have become romantically involved with the artist during these sittings. After they relocated to France in 1879 Franklin suffered ill health and Whistler depicted her in bed several times (see James McNeill Whistler "Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours: A Catalogue Raisonné," by Margaret F. MacDonald, pp. 342-344). She was the mother of two chidren with Whistler, but the affair ended in 1888 when he married Beatrix Godwin.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
9/15/1968Loan Considerationexamined for loan
3/29/1978Examinationexamined for loan
Exhibitions
  • Whistler: The Later Years. The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor. 1978.
  • A Baltimorean in Paris: George A. Lucas, 1860-1909. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
  • A Connoisseur's Portfolio: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors in the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983.
  • Notes, Harmonies and Nocturnes: Small Works by James McNeill Whistler. Knoedler & Co., New York. 1984.
  • American Drawings from the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • James McNeill Whistler. Tate Britain, London; Musee D'Orsay, Paris; National Gallery of Art, Washington. 1994-1995.
  • The American Artist as Painter and Draftsman. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2001.
Provenance Presented to George A. Lucas by the artist, likely before 1886 [1]; given to Henry Walters, Baltimore, 3 August 1908; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] Lucas and Whistler had no personal contact after 1886.
Inscriptions [Inscription] On reverse: This Aquarelle "Girl reading in bed" painted by Whistler from his model Maud was presented me by him. G. A. Lucas. Paris - France.
Credit Gift of George A. Lucas to Henry Walters, 1908

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Period
1879-1888
Medium
watercolor on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.318
Measurements
H: 9 13/16 x W: 6 7/8 in. (25 x 17.4 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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