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James Abbott McNeill Whistler

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler Biography

James McNeill Whistler was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA, in 1834. He spent five years of his childhood (1843-1848) in St. Petersburg, Russia, where his father, George Washington Whistler (1800-1849), a railroad engineer, was employed in the building of the St. Petersburg-Moscow railroad. The artist’s mother, Anna Matilda McNeill, was a devout Christian, whom he admired all his life. In his early manhood he exchanged his middle name ‘Abbott’ for her maiden name ‘McNeill’. In St. Petersburg young James received his first art lessons in the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts and also learnt French.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler 81 Most Important Paintings and Artworks

James Abbott McNeill Whistler Bibliography

Whistler, by Robin Spencer. Studio Editions. London. 1990.

Whistler, by Frances Spalding. Phaidon Press Ltd. 1994.

Whistler's Venice by Alastair Grieve. Yale Univ Pr, 2000.

James McNeil Whistler by Lisa N. Peters. Todtri Productions Ltd, 1998.

Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice by Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler. University of California Press, 2001.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler: Pastels by James McNeill Whistler, James Abbott McNeil, Robert H. Getscher (Introduction). George Braziller, 1991.

Whistler and Holland by Margaret F. MacDonald, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Jan Frederik Heijbroek. Waanders Pub, 1999.

Whistler on Art: Selected Letters and Writings of James McNeill Whistler by James McNeill Whistler, Nigel Thorp (Introduction). Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995.