Study From the Nude of a Girl Lying Down

Theodore Roussel (1847-1926), Study From the Nude of a Girl Lying Down, 1890,  drypoint with plate tone, signed with the tab and inscribed “imp” [also signed in the plate upper left]. Reference: Hausberg 40, only state, from the total printing of about 20  impressions. In good condition, trimmed as usual by the artist on the plate mark with the tab left for the signature, 2 11/16 x 3 7/16 inches.

A fine impression, with a heavy veil of plate tone.

Hausberg notes that the model was “presumably Hetty Pettigrew”, who was Roussel’s model from the early 1880’s until the second decade of the 1900’s. Hetty Pettigrew was born Harriet Selina Pettigrew in 1867, one of 12 children, the eldest of three daughters who modeled for London artists. Hetty also modeled for Whistler for one oil painting and a number of pastels. Hetty served as a studio assistant for Roussel, and may have been his art student as well; Roussel and Pettigrew had a personal relationship including a child named Iris, the subject of a Roussel portrait study painted in the 1880’s.