The Music RoomJames Abbott McNeill Whistler
- James Abbott McNeill Whistler
- The Music Room
- etching on paper
- Plate: 5 3/4 × 8 1/2 inches (14.6 × 21.6 cm)Sheet: 7 1/4 × 9 1/2 inches (18.4 × 24.1 cm)Framed: 12 7/8 × 15 5/8 × 5/8 inches (32.7 × 39.7 × 1.6 cm)
- Credit Line
- Gift of the family of Mrs. Elizabeth Millar Bullard.
- Accession Number
This early etching portrays Whistler’s extended family—his brother-in-law Seymour Haden reading a newspaper on the left; Haden’s medical partner, James Traer, studying at the table; and Whistler’s step-sister, Deborah Haden, poring over a thin volume on the right. The bold contrasts of light and dark in this work successfully convey the impression of a darkened room illuminated by the light of a single lamp, which casts a glare over one side of the room. Whistler pulled several proofs of The Music Room, experimenting with different types of paper and amounts of surface ink. He preferred the darker prints such as this one.