Thomas Way included this lithograph in the revised edition of his catalogue raisonné
in 1905, though it there remained undated. Spink, Stratis, and
Tedeschi have since undertaken a refined study of this print,
ascertaining that it was clearly a part of Whistler's experiments undertaken at
the Parisian imprimeur Belfond in the autumn of 1891, although they stipulate that
"whether he intended this drawing as a potential keystone for a color lithograph must remain a matter of speculation."
It is known
that Whistler was working on a number of colour lithographs in Paris
between 1891-1893*, only a few of which came to fruition, and there are
no known colour trials of this particular print.
and Tedeschi identify only eight known impressions of this lithograph,
which was never published, and thus is exceedingly rare.
In our view, this elegant, if sketchy, nude study is one of the finest of Whistler's late period.
* See https://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/gallery/whistler/lithographs.html and, for example https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.33706.html, as well as https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/372932