Happy Birthday James Abbot McNeill Whistler 11th July 1834- July 17th 1903
Rose and Silver: The Princess from the Land of Porcelain, 1860s Christine Spartali, sister of Marie Spartali Stillman, modelled for the painting.
Symphony in Flesh Color and Pink: Portrait of Mrs. Frances Leyland, 1870s Frances was the wife of the Art Collector Frederick Richards Leyland a patron to the Pre-Raphaelites. Their daughter Florence married Valentine Cameron Princep
Her lute hangs shadowed in the apple-tree While flashing fingers weave the sweet-strung spell Between it’s chords; and as the wild notes swell The sea-bird for those branches leave the sea But to what sound her listening ear stoops she? What netherworld gulf-whispers doth she hear In answering echoes from what planisphere Along the wind, along the estuary? She sinks into her spell; and when full soon Her lips move and she soars into her song What creatures of the midmost main shall throng In furrowed surf-clouds to the summoning rune: Til he, the fated mariner, hears her cry, And up her rock, bare breasted, comes to die?