UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Ada Louisa Jee, 1845-1871

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1845.06.07
Place of Birth: Wirral
Date of Death: 1871.12.20
Place of Death:

Identity:

Ada Louisa Jee was the only daughter of the broker Audley Horace Jee and his wife Louisa, née Livesey, of Liverpool.

Life:

JW seems to have been fond of Ada Jee and there appears to have been some joke between them concerning the local minister. JW wrote to Frances Leyland in August 1871: 'Please tell Ada Gee that I believe I caught sight of the reverend swell the other day, walking along the Gloucester Road - he appeared to me downcast and from his get up evidently felt that all the "ladies" of his flock had left town!' (#08051). Ada died at Speke Hall later that year on 20 December 1871. On 24 December 1871, D. G. Rossetti wrote to Leyland: 'Just as I was writing this letter, Dr Whistler has come in and told me of the trouble you are all in with the sad incident of poor Miss Jee's death. I need not say how sorry I am to hear of it'. Leyland replied on 26 December 1871: 'Poor Miss Jee's death has cast a sad gloom over the house and I should have been glad to run away for a day or two to town if I could have got away from business.'

Bibliography:

'Deaths', Times, London, 28 December 1871; Fennell, Jr., Francis L. (ed.), The Rossetti-Leyland Letters: The Correspondence of an Artist and his Patron, Ohio, 1978, pp. 24, 32.