A young woman, dressed in diaphanous and flowing drapery and a scarf or kerchief over her hair, is seen sitting with legs crossed before a bed in which a child is lying. The woman is in profile, leaning to the right as she bring her face close to that of the child. The child is summarily sketched except for the head.
According to the Glasgow catalogue raisonné, the sitter is possibly Rose Pettigrew and her baby niece, Edith. In the early 1890s, Whistler drew a number of works of draped female models, including in both etching and drypoint.
A nude woman stands in a contrapposto stance with weight on one leg facing the viewer. She looks down to the left, she has her hair tied under a kerchief of scarf; she holds drapery in her hands that hangs behind her below her hips.
This work dates from the same time as the other draped figures that Whistler drew in the early 1890s. This one was printed in Paris by Henri Belfond, all during Whistler's lifetime, making this print quite rare.
Capital marked: this cap is very effective Statue marked: Foot of a statue Base marked: Leaf broken away Shaft marked: this is one of the most effective mouldings I have seen Notations re shaft #3: Divided into 3 1/4" squares recessed about 1/2" and modelled to thinner thickness towards straight line. Also this one looks very well. the last is something like the moulding I saw on front entrance to S. Zeno in . Sketch #2 titled, l.l.: Part Section thr'o Jamb Sketch #3 notations referring to sketch #1: Full Size of A; Full Size of B
Sketch #1 titled: Pull to a door Maison Jacques Coeur Bourges May 3rd 91 Sketch #2 inscribed, top right: Base to a Pier of the open arcade 1st floor Maison Jacques Coeur May 3rd 91 Noted: this Base is about on a line with the eye ; Plan of Pier is sketched at right Sketch #3 noted: A Window Sill to Maison J. Coeur
Pattern between sketches 4 and 5 noted: these are not cut as Byzantine leaves generally are but like this; arrow points to detail: no groove in the center Notation referring to moulding between sketches 2 and 3: these mouldings run right down and between Bases. A little head forms check block