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  • En Plein Soleil
    Whistler, James Abbott McNeill, born 1834 - died 1903
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En Plein Soleil

  • 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 on India paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

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.

Place of Origin

Paris (printed and published)


1858 (printed and published)


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

Materials and Techniques

Etching on India paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signed in plate bottom left

'Imp. Delâtre, Rue St Jacques 171'
Lettered bottom right


Height: 10.2 cm, Width: 13.1 cm

Object history note

W.6; K.15, 2nd state.

Descriptive line

'En Plein Soleil', 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. 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."


Printing ink; India paper


Etching (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Female figure; Parasols; Figure study; Leisure




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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