A broad set of steps leading up to a tree-lined terrace are the main features of this work. Figures on the terrace and a sculpture of putti supporting an urn or pot are visible at the top of the stairs; in the left foreground, a woman and little girl are climbing the stairs.
Whistler drew several lithographs in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. This work shows one of the grand staircases leading to the terraces that fringe the sunken garden.
Whister was also further experimenting on the use of the stump which had worked so successfully in his Brittany lithographs.
This ceramic vase has a long oval shape with a wide neck, rounded lip and sloping shoulder area. The circular rings from the process of being thrown on the wheel can be seen beneath the glaze. The glaze is a yellow-orange matt, with dark brown patches, over a shiny celadon green and iridescent purple base.
Pewabic Pottery was founded in Detroit, Michigan by Mary Chase Stratton, an artist of the Arts and Crafts movement. Her pottery had simple shapes and retained the natural characteristics of its material. She once said, "if an object is beautiful, it is because of its own expression, and not because it has been made to look like something else."
Ink sketches depict a large female profile in the upper left corner facing right, a female head in the lower center, a smaller female head in the right center facing upwards, and a smaller female profile in the left center facing downwards. There is empty space in upper right quadrant.
This sheet, cut from a larger sheet, features a study of a woman’s face in profile in the upper left. Her hair is bound. A nearly frontal view of another woman’s face is at the center bottom of the sheet. She looks down to her left and wears a jeweled headpiece or crown. Three other smaller and more lightly sketched heads also appear on the sheet, two along the left edge and one on the right.
The heads are all lightly drawn with a finesse characteristic of della Bella, one of the most talented and prolific draftsmen and printmakers of the seventeenth century.