The Sleeping Model or The Sleeper


Theodore Roussel (1847-1926), The Sleeping Model or The Sleeper, etching and drypoint with additional pencil coloring, signed on the tab and inscribed “imp”, also inscribed “to Hetty” and initialed verso. Reference: Hausberg 145, an undescribed third state (of 5), colored by the artist in pencil, in very good condition, on antique laid paper trimmed to the plate mark by the artist with the tab left for the signature, 5 1/8 x 7 inches, archival mounting.

A fine impression of a proof before the addition of lines on the couch and background, shading near the model’s fingers, and the addition of aquatint for color printing. In this proof the artist has added colors in pencil; in the last state a small number of impressions (5) were printed in colors.

This proof impression was given to the model, Hetty Pettigrew, by Roussel. Ms Pettigrew (1867-1953), a model for Whistler as well as Roussel, was also Roussel’s student, and had, according to Hausberg, a personal relationship with Roussel as well as a professional one. Both Roussel and Whistler made a number of prints, and Whistler a few pastels, of Ms. Pettigrew on the couch depicted in this etching.