Elizabeth Jamison married Thomas Fothergill McNay in 1859. Thomas McNay was a surgeon from Newcastle. Both had been previously married and widowed.
The McNays became acquainted with JW and his friend, the entrepreneur C. A. Howell, in the early 1880s.
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., James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven and London, 1995; information from a family descendant.