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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Elizabeth H. Flower, ca 1843-??

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1843 ca
Place of Birth: London
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Identity:

Elizabeth H. Flower was a flower painter. She was married to the solicitor and collector Wickham Flower.

Life:

E. H. Flower was active as an artist between 1872 and 1873. In 1874/6 and 1881 she was living at Old Swan House, Chelsea Embankment. She was friendly with JW, with whom she would dine [#09631], and was present on 20 February 1885 at JW's Ten O'Clock Lecture, given at the Prince's Hall, Piccadilly [#04084]. She owned a couple of pictures by JW, Nocturne in Blue and Silver (YMSM 151) and An Orange Note: Sweet Shop (YMSM 264), the latter which JW sought to borrow in 1892 for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 [#09703].

JW and E. H. Flower's husband, Wickham Flower, were in correspondence in 1884, W. Flower being interested in a number of JW's oils. He offered JW 205 guineas for An Orange Note: Sweet Shop (YMSM 264), Note in Blue and Opal: The Sun Cloud (YMSM 271), Harmony in Brown and Gold: Old Chelsea Church (YMSM 305), but JW said Note in Blue and Opal: The Sun Cloud (YMSM 271) was priced 130 guineas in the Dowdeswell catalogue and suggested £160 for An Orange Note: Sweet Shop (YMSM 264) and Note in Blue and Opal: The Sun Cloud (YMSM 271). W. Flower agreed and purchased the two. Mrs Flower was a collector and bought a lithograph by JW from the Fine Art Society in 1895.

Bibliography:

UK census 1881, from http://www.familysearch.org (accessed 2004).