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- Object: Whistler in White Ducks
Whole-length portrait of the artist, standing with hand to face; two head and shoulders and two half-length semi-profile to right subsidiary studies surrounding. 1909-11
- Production date
Height: 173 millimetres
Width: 150 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Julie Robinson (The World of Mortimer Menpes, 2014, Art Gallery of South Australia, p.235) dates this print to 1909-11 using a printmaking chronology she developed after extensive research into Menpes' inventory number system. This date supersedes the dating in Morgan’s catalogue raisonne. Impressions of Whistler in white ducks have Menpes’s inventory number 112, which accords with a date of 1909-11.
From Julie Robinson, 'Celebrated sitters: The portrait prints of Mortimer Menpes', in Kerrianne Stone (ed.) Horizon Lines: Marking 50 years of print scholarship, University of Melbourne, 2019, p. 160:
"Whistler’s persona cast a long shadow and the demand for portraits of him continued to be strong in the decade after his death, with Menpes continuing to create new prints of him until about 1913. Menpes recognised that for Whistler every detail of his appearance contributed to the ‘decorative whole’. In Whistler in white ducks (1909–11), the main portrait depicts him wearing a white waistcoat and trousers with a black jacket, which, as Menpes explained, was ‘because they formed a harmony in black and white which he loved’."
See essay above (Robinson 2019, pp.147-173) for more detail about the relationship between Menpes and Whistler.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001 Mar-Jul, London, Museum of London, 'Creative Quarters'
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