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James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip Standing.

c.1897. Oil on canvas. Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, UK. Read Note.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip Standing.

Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip Standing. Rosalind, the daughter of the sculptor John Birnie Philip, was 22 when her elder sister Beatrice, Whistler’s wife, died in 1896. Whistler then made her his ward and executrix; she acted as his secretary until his death in 1903. Thereafter she became something of a jealous guardian of Whistler’s memory. She presented an important group of paintings and drawings to the University of Glasgow in 1935, and followed this, in 1955 and 1958, with a bequest which consisted of the rest of the Whistler estate , including some 6000 letters, ledgers, books, catalogues, etc. She posed for several drawings and lithographs by him, as well as five paintings, three of which are now in the Hunterian Art Gallery