DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
James WHISTLER | Mother of pearl and silver: The Andalusian

United States 1834 – Great Britain 1903
France 1855-60, England 1860-92, France 1892-95, England from 1895
Mother of pearl and silver: The Andalusian 1888(?)-1900
oil on canvas
191.5 (h) x 89.8 (w) cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Harris Whittemore Collection

Mother of pearl and silver: The Andalusian is one of the most finished of Whistler’s portraits of his sister-in-law, Ethel Birnie Philip. The title refers to Ethel’s silk evening dress; the transparent layered sleeves of the bolero jacket resembling traditional Andalusian costume. Ethel was particularly interested in clothes and, although not a wealthy woman, liked to dress as a member of high society in the latest Parisian fashions.

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