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Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl

Whistler's aim was for viewers to appreciate this painting's design, colour and mood. He did not supply a story to accompany the scene. Artist Joanna Hiffernan, Whistler's lover, was the model and it was painted at Whistler's house in Chelsea, London. Whistler's interest in Japanese design and culture influenced the composition and the selection of objects, such as the fan and porcelain vase. The painting inspired the poet Algernon Swinburne to write 'Before the Mirror' and the poem was pasted onto the original frame.

Detailed Description This picture was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1865 as 'The Little White Girl'. It shows a young woman, dressed in white, leaning against a mantelpie...

1864
Oil paint on canvas
765.0 x 511.0mm
N03418
Image and text © Tate Britain, 2022

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