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Jo's Bent Head

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Jo's Bent Head

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
drypoint, printed in dark brown ink on laid paper

12 5/8 in x 7 5/8 in (32.07 cm x 19.37 cm)

Credit Line
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker

Subject matter
Whistler's "secret of drawing" approach allows him here to concentrate on Joanna Hiffernan's profile, describing the rest of her body in a few cursory lines.
Margaret Watson Parker acquired three impressions taken from this plate, each has differences in printing and papers.

Physical Description
A young woman is seen sitting in profile. She faces to the right, her head bent downward, her wavy hair framing her face and falling down her back. Only the face and hair are drawn fully, the rest of the woman's body is quickly rendered in a few lines.

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heads (representations)
profiles (figures)
seated figures
women (female humans)

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