Whistler, James McNeill (1834-1903)

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Whistler, James McNeill (1834-1903)

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1834-1903

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American artist James McNeil Whistler was born at Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1834. Whistler spent his boyhood in Russia, returning to United States in 1849. He attended West Point, (1851-54) and had drawing lessons from Robert Weir (1803-1889). In 1855 he went to Paris and studied painting under Marc Gabriel Charles Gleyre (1806-1874) After 1859, Whistler lived chiefly in London although he visited Venice in 1879. He was influenced by Henri Fantin-Latoru (1836-1904), Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), and by Japanese prints. He died in London in 1903.

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The National Gallery of Canada Catalogue of Painting and Sculpture by R.H. Hubbard, U of T Press, 1959.

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