The RA Shops are open and ready to welcome you. Shop online from the comfort of home or book your free ticket to visit us here. Every purchase supports the RA.

The RA Shop online is scheduled to undergo essential maintenance on Tuesday 11 January 2022. Thank you for your patience.

The RA Shop online is now open, and you can shop an edit of our collections at the RA Shops at Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, with a free ticket.

We are currently doing some behind the scenes improvement . There will be a 7-10 day delay on deliveries from 7 August. Thank you for your patience.

For more information on our shops and services and how we are keeping our visitors and staff safe, please click here

Our last order date for guaranteed Christmas delivery has now passed. For more delivery information please click here. Shop with us at the RA. Find our festive opening times here.

Whistler and the Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan Softback Catalogue

Accompanying the exhibition at the Royal Academy, this publication presents a fascinating look at the partnership of artist James McNeill Whistler and his chief model, Joanna Hiffernan, and the iconic works of art resulting from their life together.

Magnificently illustrated, it features a series of essays examining how Hiffernan and Whistler overturned artistic conventions and sheds light on their interactions with contemporaries, including Gustave Courbet.

This softback edition is exclusive to the RA Shop.

Was £25 | Now £10

- +
Add to gift list
£10.00
In stock

More details

Dimensions 24 x 1.2 x 17cm
Fabric & material Paper
No. of Pages 232
SKU 12092156

Delivery & returns information

Service Update (updated 19 March 2020)

We want to make sure your order reaches you as safely as possible. Therefore, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, all orders will be dispatched once the RA has reopened. We will be in touch once the RA has reopened and once your order has been dispatched. 

During this period our Returns Policy will be extended. For any order queries, please Contact Us

Free UK delivery on orders £50 and over

International delivery is based on weight and delivery country, and will be calculated at Checkout

Enjoy free shipping on all UK orders above £50. For orders below £50, shipping is £5.95. International shipping costs will be calculated at checkout.

For more information please refer to our Delivery Info and Returns & Refunds pages.

Updated 19 May 2020

We are delivering! Enjoy free shipping on orders above £50. £5.95 P&P for orders below £50. International delivery will be calculated at Checkout. The Royal Academy is temporarily closed, Collection is not available at this time.

For any questions talk to us

Product story

In 1860 James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) and Joanna Hiffernan (1839–1886) met and began a significant professional and personal relationship. Hiffernan posed as a model for many of Whistler’s works, including his controversial Symphony in White paintings, a trilogy that fascinated and challenged viewers with its complex associations with sex and morality, class and fashion, academic and realist art, Victorian popular fiction, aestheticism and spiritualism.

Packed with new insights into the creation, marketing and cultural context of Whistler’s iconic works, this study also traces their resonance for his fellow artists, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edgar Degas, John Singer Sargent and Gustav Klimt.

Reviews