Olga's Gallery

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Maud Franklin.

c.1875. Oil on canvas. Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. Read Note.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Maud Franklin.

Maud Franklin, the daughter of a cabinetmaker and upholsterer, was born in Bicester, near Oxford, on 9 January 1857. In the late 1870s, she posed to Whistler for several etchings and portraits, including Arrangement in White and Black. She had two daughters by Whistler, one, Ióne, probably born in 1877, a second, registered as Maud McNeill Whistler Franklin, born on 13 February 1879. Maud accompanied Whistler to Venice in 1879-80. She painted herself in the manner of her lover. After Whistler married Beatrice Godwin in 1888, Maud lived in Paris. She married an American, Richard H. S. Abbott, and lived near Cannes until her death, probably in 1941. She refused Whistler’s biographers to give any information concerning her relationship with him.
Arrangement in White and Black, c. 1876 – portrait of Maud Franklin.
See: James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Arrangement in White and Black.