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Anna Matilda McNeill Whistler
Birth: Sep. 27, 1804
Death: Jan. 31, 1881

Folk Figure. The mother of James McNeill Whistler, she was the subject of his famous painting "Arrangement in Grey and Black" (1871). Better known as "Whistler's Mother", it is one of the most recognizable images of 19th Century art. Anna McNeill was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. In 1831 she married George Washington Whistler, a widower with three children, and they had two sons, James and William. From 1842 to 1849 they lived in Russia, where the senior Whistler worked as a railway engineer between Moscow and St. Petersburg; during that time Anna enrolled James in the Imperial Academy of Arts. Following George Whistler's death the family returned to the US, and in 1863 Anna settled with James in London. There she continued to encourage her son's painting and turned a blind eye to his bohemian lifestyle. She was 67 when she posed for "Arrangement in Grey and Black", which proved a milestone in Whistler's career. As the original title suggests, the artist did not try to create a traditional portrait, and English critics were offended at how the lady was objectified as an element in an "arrangement". The public at large ignored Whistler's intentions, however, and over time turned the painting into an icon of steadfast motherhood. It now hangs in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Anna Whistler died at 76 in Hastings, England. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Daniel McNeill (1756 - 1828)
 
 Spouse:
  George Washington Whistler (1800 - 1849)
 
 Children:
  John Bouttattz Whistler*
  James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903)*
  William McNeill Whistler (1836 - 1900)*
  Kirk Booth Whistler (1838 - 1842)*
  Charles Donald Whistler (1841 - 1843)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
"In Memory of Anna Matilda, Wife of Major George W. Whistler, United States Army. Born in Wilmington, North Carolina, United States of America. Died at Hastings, England, January 31st, 1881, aged 76 years. Blessed Are They Who Have Not Seen and Yet Have Believed."
 
Burial:
Hastings Cemetery and Crematorium
Hastings
Hastings Borough
East Sussex, England
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Frank Melvin
Record added: Mar 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25522285
Anna Matilda <i>McNeill</i> Whistler
Added by: Bobb Edwards
 
Anna Matilda <i>McNeill</i> Whistler
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