The composition points to the beginning of Whistler’s preoccupation throughout his career with façades and doorways and, more specifically, with the motif of a female figure silhouetted in a doorway against a darkened interior. It is likely that this work was etched in Paris and was published in 'Twelve Etchings from Nature' (the 'French Set') in 1858. A translation of the title is 'Old Rag Woman' or 'Old Rag Seller.'


  • Title: La Vieille aux Loques
  • Creator: James Abbott McNeill Whistler
  • Date Created: 1858
  • Type: work on paper
  • Medium: etching and drypoint
  • Culture: American (worked in England)
  • Credit Line: Gift, Kathryn M. Klingeman
  • Creator Death Date: 1903
  • Creator Birth Date: 1834

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