En Plein Soleil

Print
1858 (printed and published)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

‘En Plein Soleil’, one of the 'Twelve Etchings from Nature', by J.A.M. 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’. Portrait of a lady seated on the grass, in full sun, her face partly shaded by a parasol.


object details
Category
Object Type
Additional Titles
  • Twelve Etchings from Nature (series title)
  • The French Set (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Etching on India paper
Brief Description
'En Plein Soleil', etching by J.A.M. Whistler, from 'Twelve Etchings from Nature' or 'The French Set'; Paris, 1858.
Physical Description
‘En Plein Soleil’, one of the 'Twelve Etchings from Nature', by J.A.M. 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’. Portrait of a lady seated on the grass, in full sun, her face partly shaded by a parasol.
Dimensions
  • Height: 10.2cm
  • Width: 13.1cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Whistler' (Signed in plate bottom left)
  • 'Imp. Delâtre, Rue St Jacques 171' (Lettered bottom right)
Object history
W.6; K.15, 2nd state.
Subjects depicted
Associated Objects
Bibliographic References
  • Wedmore, Frederick. Whistler's Etchings, A Study and a Catalogue. London: Colnaghi & Co, 1899. No.6.
  • Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1978. K.15, 2nd state.
  • The following reference is from Whistler, J. (1971). From realism to symbolism. New York: Columbia University Press. "This print in small scale and black and white, looks forward to Impressionist treatment of the subject of women under parasols in painting, notably by Monet in such works as 'Women in the Garden' (1866-7, Louvre), 'Beach at Trouville' (1870, Tate) and 'Woman with Parasol- Madame Monet and her Son' (1877-8, Mellon Collection). Whistler used the parasol motif frequently in his later composition but in less naturalistic terms, emphasizing instead its abstract, decorative shape."
Collection
Accession Number
19806

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