Norman Scott Russell was an expert on lighting, and author of the Town Councillor's Handbook to Electric Lighting, 1894, and Traction and Lighting Book, 1904.
He was also a member of the Arts Club from 1867 until at least 1923. He knew Whistler as a fellow member of the Arts Club about 1882. He became Chairman of the Club in 1891.
UK census 1901; Records of The Arts Club, London.