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William H. Jobbins, fl. 1872-1893

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1836
Place of Birth: Nottingham
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William H. Jobbins was a painter of landscape and views of Venice.


Jobbins was an active exhibitor from 1881 to 1893, showing at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and Fine Art Society in London. He also exhibited at Manchester City Art Gallery.

According to the painter Henry Woods, JW shared a studio with Jobbins in Venice for five or six months, although Jobbins objected to JW's liaison with Maud Franklin. Jobbins also provided JW with some beautiful old brown, blue and pink paper that he found in an old warehouse near the Merceria.

JW admitted that he altered The Traghetto, No.1 (K.190) because Jobbins, 'a - duffer - a painter - thought it was incomplete'. Pennell records that JW gave Jobbins a panel, perhaps Nocturne of the Giudecca, Venice (YMSM 219), and that Jobbins thought so little of it that he painted a sketch on the back and then sold it to the American painter C. S. Forbes.


Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908; Johnson, J., and Anna Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980; Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980; MacDonald, Margaret F., Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice, Aldershot and California, 2001.