La Robe Rouge. (The Red Dress.) 1894. Lithograph. Way 68, Levy 96, Tedeschi, Stratis and Spink 107.ii. 7 1/2 x 6 (sheet 11 1/2 x 8 1/8). As published in The Studio, London, with their blindstamp, lower left. A well-inked impression printed on cream wove paper. Monogrammed with the butterfly in the stone. Housed in a silk mat with a gold lip in a 19 1/8 x 15 1/2-inch gold leaf frame. $1,750.
The subject is the artist's wife, Beatrix, in their drawing room at 110, rue de Bac in Paris.
Chicago states that the sitter was Beatrix Whistler, his wife. 'Whistler plainly stated in a letter to the Ways, this lithograph and La Belle Dame endormie were drawn on the evening of 22nd of September 1894,making them among the most precisely dated images in his lithographic oeuvre'.'When Whistler received the proofs of La Robe Rouge in early October 1894, he ordered up to twenty impressions, saying that he might wish to 'touch the stone 'during an anticipated visit to London.' This lithograph was also published in The Studio magazine in 1895 in an edition of 3000 copies. 'The image was transferred from the original stone to supplementary stones in preparation for the large machine-printed edition that Thomas way pulled for The Studio.
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