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.
Notation on left capital: Not egg & dart but section very flat Labelled: S. Fosca Torcello. Capital to Portico Notation: Slabs of marble carved At l.l. structural detail noted: Stone capital over brick pier
Inscription above the beam: Flatly carved in the wood ; below: Venice April 1st Notation next to band of ornamentation on right of shield: carved Inscribed: capital in COURTYARD ST. GREGORIO VENICE April 2nd 91 Directly above drawing of capital with acanthus leaves, labelled: WROT IRON GRILL
Below title is notation: St Gregorio is a suppressed Monastery facing Grand Canal and has a very pretty court Facade brick, once stuccoed. Entrance Marble. Noted: red marble ; white marble Above doorway is notation: there is a panel, a sort of pediment with figure of S. Gregorio above center of Doorway. Lower R corner of drawing: SKETCHED APRIL 3. 91