Sunday, 15 September 2019

1145) Ethel Whibley

Ethel Whibley, née Philip (1861 – 1920). Sister-in-law of James McNeill Whistler. Ethel was a secretary to Whistler who used Ethel as a model for a number of full-length portraits painted during the period 1888 to the mid-1890s. Her sister Beatrice married James McNeill Whistler in 1888, following the death of her first husband Edward William Godwin. In 1896 Ethel married the writer Charles Whibley.

- "Whistler painted numerous portraits of Ethel Philip, mostly in black, likely because it harmonized so well with her pale ivory skin tone and auburn hair.…

Ethel reading a newspaper by Beatrice Whistler

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