frederick leyland

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?