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Auguste Edouart, 1788 - 1861  Search this
George Washington Whistler, 19 May 1800 - 7 Apr 1849  Search this
Lady Deborah Delano Whistler Haden, c. 1825 - 1908  Search this
Ink, chalk and cut paper on paper
28.2 × 21.2 cm (11 1/8 × 8 3/8")
Image/Sheet: 28.2 × 21.2 cm (11 1/8 × 8 3/8")
Frame: 47.9 × 37.8 × 3.2 cm (18 7/8 × 14 7/8 × 1 1/4")
United States\Massachusetts\Suffolk\Boston
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Auguste Edouart cut portraits of George Whistler and his daughter seven months apart but placed them on the same page in conversation with each other. Miss Whistler holds a magnifying glass in one hand, which she likely used for needlework. By the time Auguste Edouart cut Miss Whistler’s portrait, her father had set out for Russia where he served as chief engineer for the construction of the 420-mile railroad from Saint Petersburg to Moscow. Mr. Whistler was well prepared for this task. He had worked as a locomotive engineer, supervising the construction of numerous railroads and canals in the United States and had trained students at the U.S. Military Academy. Miss Whistler married Francis Seymour Haden in 1847 and lived much of her adult life in London. Her own talents included playing the piano, at which she was famously depicted by her half brother, the artist James McNeill Whistler.
Auguste Edouart cortó los retratos de George Whistler y su hija con siete meses de diferencia, pero los colocó en la misma página, como si conversaran. La señorita Whistler sostiene en su mano una lupa, instrumento que seguramente usaba en sus labores de costura. Para el momento en que Edouart hizo el retrato de la joven Whistler, su padre se había marchado a Rusia, contratado como ingeniero jefe en la construcción de un ferrocarril de 420 millas, desde San Petersburgo hasta Moscú. Whistler tenía suficientes credenciales, habiendo sido ingeniero de locomotoras, supervisor en la construcción de numerosos ferrocarriles y canales y profesor en la Academia Militar de Estados Unidos (West Point). La joven Whistler se casó con Francis Seymour Haden en 1847 y residió en Londres la mayor parte de su vida adulta. Tenía talento para tocar el piano, y así aparece en un famoso retrato que le hizo su medio hermano, el pintor James McNeill Whistler.
Exterior\Landscape  Search this
Silhouette\Cut-out  Search this
Nature & Environment\Plant\Tree  Search this
Architecture\Arch  Search this
Architecture\Balustrade  Search this
Container\Urn  Search this
George Washington Whistler: Male  Search this
George Washington Whistler: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer  Search this
George Washington Whistler: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Industrialist\Railroad  Search this
George Washington Whistler: Science and Technology\Engineer\Civil engineer  Search this
Lady Deborah Delano Whistler Haden: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Robert L. McNeil, Jr.
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