Early life James Abbott McNeill Whistler was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on July 10, , the son of Major George Whistler, a railroad engineer, and Anna McNeill. In Czar Nicholas I (–) of Russia invited Major Whistler to build a railroad from St. Petersburg to Moscow and offered the princely salary of twelve thousand dollars a year.
James McNeill Whistler, in full James Abbott McNeill Whistler, (born July 11, , Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.—died July 17, , London, England), American-born artist noted for his paintings of nocturnal London, for his striking and stylistically advanced full-length portraits, and for his brilliant etchings and lithographs.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s deft brushwork and mighty ego made him one of London’s best-known painters in the second half of the s. Born in Massachusetts, Whistler spent most of his adult life in England and France, in an era when an American artist in Europe was something of a rarity.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler was the oldest son of engineer George Washington Whistler and his devoutly Episcopalian second wife Anna McNeill. As a child Whistler was temperamental and prone to mood swings. His parents quickly discovered that drawing soothed him and so they encouraged his artistic eazye.infoality: American.