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La Rétameuse

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed and published)

  • Date:

    1858 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Whistler, James Abbott McNeill, born 1834 - died 1903 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching in India paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 1, box A

Physical description

‘La Rétameuse’, one of the 'Twelve Etchings from Nature', by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, also called 'The French Set'. 1858. Published in London by Whistler at 62 Sloane Street and in Paris at Imprimerie Delâtre, Rue St. Jacques 171. Signed in plate by the artist and lettered ‘Imp. Delâtre, Rue St Jacques 171’. Half-length full-face study of a Frenchwoman, hands clasped on her lap, wearing a large soft black cap and with a spoon tucked into her waistband.

Place of Origin

Paris (printed and published)


1858 (printed and published)


Whistler, James Abbott McNeill, born 1834 - died 1903 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching in India paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signed in plate bottom right

‘Imp. Delâtre, Rue St Jacques 171’
Lettered bottom left


Height: 11.1 cm, Width: 8.9 cm

Descriptive line

'La Rétameuse', etching by J.A.M.Whistler, from 'Twelve Etchings from Nature' or 'The French Set'; Paris, 1858.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wedmore, Frederick. Whistler's Etchings, A Study and a Catalogue. London: Colnaghi & Co, 1899. W.5.
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1978. No.14, 2nd state.


India paper; Printing ink


Etching (printing process)

Subjects depicted





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