Jim McNeill’s Touraine honeymoon – 1888


Now, here’s a thing you may not have known. James McNeill Whistler (the American artist of “Whistler’s Grandmother” fame) came to the Touraine when on honeymoon with his English wife, the recently widowed Beatrix (née Birnie Philip) in the summer of 1888.

Whistler took with him 34 grounded copper plates to capture views and buildings. Beatrix, who was also an artist and designer, worked alongside him as they visited a number of châteaux on their travels through the Touraine countryside.

Sadly their marriage lasted only eight years with Beatrix dying of cancer aged just 39 in 1896.

The views below are “View from the Château walls, Loches” (ink on paper) by Beatrix Whistler while  “From Agnes Sorel’s Walk, Loches” and “Clock Tower, Amboise” and “Rue des Bon Enfants, Tours”(etchings) are by James McNeill Whistler. They can all be found on the European cultural web site www.europeana.eu .

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About Jim McNeill

I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Fresh Ground Group Ltd.
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3 Responses to Jim McNeill’s Touraine honeymoon – 1888

  1. Pingback: James McNeill Whistler in the Touraine and yet more Museums go viral | Social history in the Touraine ~ Central France

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  3. like this post and the images. Thanks Jim. Love Colin

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