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Nursemaid and Child

  • Object:


  • Date:

    ca. 1859 (etched)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 2, box A

Physical description

‘Nursemaid and Child’, etching by James Whistler, ca.1859. Signed by the artist in plate. In the right foreground a nursemaid and her charge rest in a field looking at the distant view. Both are clad in dark cloaks and bonnets. Woodland in the background.


ca. 1859 (etched)


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

Materials and Techniques

Etching on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signed by the artist in plate bottom left.


Height: 9.9 cm plate, Width: 13.2 cm plate

Object history note

W.34, 2nd state; K.37, 2nd state.

Descriptive line

'Nursemaid and Child', etching by James Whistler, ca.1859.

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

Wedmore, Frederick. Whistler's Etchings, A Study and a Catalogue. London: Colnaghi & Co, 1899. No.34, 2nd state.
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1978. No.37, 2nd state.


Paper; Printing ink


Etching (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Suburban landscapes; Childcare; Parks (recreation areas); Nurse maid; Children; Women




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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