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Julia de Kay Revillon, 1855-1930

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1855.07.26
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Date of Death: 1930
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Identity:

Julia de Kay Revillon, née Whistler, was Whistler's niece. Her mother, also called Julia, was the second wife of George W. Whistler, and had five children, Julia de Kay (b. 1855); Thomas Delano (b. 1857); Ross Winans (b. 1858); Neva (1860-1907); Joseph Swift (1865-1905). Julia de Kay Whistler married Albert Revillon.

Life:

Whistler's mother gave Harmony in Green and Rose: The Music Room (YMSM 34) to Julia's mother. On her death on 25 December 1875 it was bequeathed to Julia. Following her marriage to Albert Revillon, Julia took the painting to St Petersburg and it did not return to London until Whistler's exhibition at the Goupil Gallery in 1892. Julia wrote to Whistler in 1892 to say that she was thinking of selling the work, 'considering what a swell you are & what high prices your pictures fetch.' She asked Whistler's advice as to what price she should ask (#05175). D. C. Thomson tried to get £800 for it but it was finally sold at auction in February 1894 for £199.10.0.

Bibliography:

Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908; Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980; Ian Thomson, 'Graham Greene's chance encounter with a model spy, Times onLine, 1 March 2006, at http://tls.timesonline.co.uk (accessed 2006.08.14).