Afternoon Tea. 1897. Lithograph. Way 147; Levy 224; Tedeschi, Stratis and Spink 173. 7 1/2 x 6 (sheet 14 13/16 x 9 9/16). Edition 100 printed by Clot, issued by Ambroise Vollard in L'Album d'estampes originales de la Galerie Vollard (second album, Paris 1897). A rich impression printed on on the full sheet. Monogrammed in the stone. Housed in an archival mat with a silver liner, and a elegant 18 1/4 x 16 3/4-inch silver leaf frame. $2,750.
Afternoon Tea is a double portrait of Whistler's mother-in-law, Frances Birnie Philip, and her daughter, Ethel Whibley.
Ethel Whibley, née Birnie Philip, the daughter of the sculptor John Birnie Philip and Frances Black, was one of ten children. Ethel married the English journalist and writer, Charles Whibley, in 1894. Her sister, Beatrix, married the Aesthetic Movement architect and designer E. W. Godwin in 1876. Following his death, she married Whistler in 1888. Another sister, Rosalind, was appointed Whistler's executrix at his death.
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