Pink note: The Novelette


A girl seated on a bed, reading. Signature at right edge.

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Artist: James McNeill Whistler (United States, 1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
Watercolor on paper
H x W (Painting): 25.3 x 15.5 cm (9 15/16 x 6 1/8 in)
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


child, reading, United States

To 1902
Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934), London, to 1902 [1]

From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Henry Studdy Theobald in 1902 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Whistler List, Purchases from Thoebald, pg. 4, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, Voucher No. 1, August 1902, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Henry Studdy Theobald (C.L. Freer source) 1847 - 1934


A girl seated on a bed, reading. Signature at right edge.

Published References
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 197, pl. 127.
  • Kenneth Myers. Mr. Whistler's Gallery: Pictures at an 1884 Exhibition. Washington. cat. 44, p. 70.
  • Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours : A Catalogue RaisonnĂ©. New Haven, 1995. .
  • Anna Gruetzner. A Fragile Modernism: Whistler and His Impressionist Followers. New Haven and London, 2007. fig. 37.
  • Burns A. Stubbs Freer Gallery of Art. Paintings, pastels, drawings, prints, and copper plates by and attributed to American and European artists, together with a list of original Whistleriana in the Freer Gallery of Art. Occasional Papers Series 1, Washington, D.C. p. 17.
  • James Warren Lane Aimee Crane. Whistler. New York. p. 82.
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  • Sir Frederick Wedmore. Exhibition of drawings in water colour and in black and white. London. p. 374.
  • Kenneth Myers. Mr. Whistler's Gallery: the art of displaying art. New York, November 2003. p. 147.
  • Susan Grace Galassi, Margaret F. MacDonald, Aileen Ribeiro. Whistler, Women, and Fashion. Exh. cat. New Haven and New York, April 22 - July 13, 2003. p. 145, fig. 136.
  • Pamela Robertson. Beauty and the Butterfly: Whistler's Depictions of Women. Exh. cat. Glasgow. p. 60, fig. 35.
  • Ruth Bernard Yeazell. Art of the Everyday: Dutch Painting and the Realist Novel. Princeton, N.J. p. 158, fig. 5-19.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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