Our Critic among the Pictures

Whistler’s “Die lange Lizen, of the six marks” (No. 593)

William S. Gilbert



“Mr. Whistler has contributed a dreadful picture (No. 593) of a Chinese potichomaniac. It is appropriately styled “Die lange Lizen, of the six marks,” and everybody will at once see why. She is a singular young woman, who possesses an original way of sitting down, which at once recommends her to the notice of persons on the lookout for novelty.”

Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen, of the Six Marks is now in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Whistler, Women, and Fashion contains a color reproduction.

Courtesy of the Suzy Covey Comic Book Collection in the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.

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