Inscription, on upper part of the drawing in black ink: Giunone astringe nella mano destra un fulmine, nella sinistra un cembalo e parlli ad eolo e guata eolo ignaro di vento e possi la mano sur un otro e attorno altri....Cosi nettuno in mare parlli a...attorno avi un...un corno con otri (?)....
Signed and dated in black ink beneath l.r. corner of image: Christian Vogt 81 Numbered and inscribed in black ink beneath l.l. corner of image: 24/35 Michèle Stamped in black ink, verso center bottom: c [c is encircled] Christian Vogt Portfolio 1981
Signed on the plate, l.r.: Whistler ; On the plate, l.r.: Imp. Delatre. Rue St. Jacques. 171. Signed, in pencil, l.l.: Butterfly monogram ; On verso, in pencil: 69 inscribed inside circle; Watermark: Moel Savon
An old woman in a white cap sits in a cluttered interior. Positioned just inside the doorway, the woman is surrounded by piles of cloth with domestic objects on shelves and walls that gleam in the darkness.
The images of Whistler's French Set reflect the artistic trends current in Paris when Whistler was a student there. "La Vieille aux Loques", with its concern for working class figures, demonstrates Whistler's early orientation towards the work of Courbet. Throughout his career, Whistler mantained an interest in depicting working class and humble subjects; however, the beauty of his depictions elevated such works beyond the gritty realism of early works such as this etching.