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- Accession Number
- Credit Line
- Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
- Signed and dated on the plate, l.l.: Whistler. / 63. Signed, in pencil, l.r.: Whistler and butterfly Inscribed, in pencil, l.l.: A Lady (not Whistler's hand) / "Weary" (probably Whistler's hand) Notation in pencil, u.r.: 71
- 27.4 cm x 19.2 cm (10 13/16 in. x 7 9/16 in.)
- 19th century
- Physical Description
- A woman, leaning back in a curved armchair, sits at an angle to the viewer. Her face is presented in nearly strict profile, looking to the right; her long, waving hair cascades around her, framing her face. Her right arm is in her lap and her skirt is only lightly sketched in. At the lower left corner, another sketch of a woman's head (seen upside down) is visible.
- Subject Matter
- Joanna Hiffernan, who was Whistler's model for his "White Girl" paintings, was the artist's muse and mistress. "Weary" focuses on Jo's vibrant red hair--known from the paintings--and the contrasting texture of the dark bodice that is closely fitted over her bosom. Jo's features are drawn with the most delicate drypoint lines, underscoring her vulnerability.