Joseph Whistler Revillon, 1886-1955
Date of Birth: 2 April 1886
Place of Death: Mendham Priory, nr Harleston, Norfolk
Joseph Whistler Revillon, JW's great-nephew, was the son of Julia de Kay Whistler and Albert Revillon. He was a civil engineer.
With the help of Frederick W. Coburn, the curator of the Whistler House at Lowell, Massachusetts, Revillon listed most of the paintings by or ascribed to JW, and collected a mass of data and photographs. For a while he had the help of the author and art critic Denys Sutton who went on to write a critical monograph on JW. He was in contact with a number of JW collectors, and occasionally sitters, from whom he gained invaluable insights into the history of individual paintings. For example, Stephen Manuel wrote to him in 1945 concerning Arrangement in Grey: Portrait of Master Stephen Manuel y321: 'JW produced a fresh canvas each time [...] the essential picture was painted very quickly and in about two sittings'. St Petersburg Sketchbook m0007, 'Ma Nièce' m0021, Deborah Haden with her baby Annie m0022 and Nocturne: Chelsea m0860 were passed by family descent from Dr William McNeill Whistler to Helen Whistler and finally to Revillon. Revillon bequeathed all his Whistler papers and acquisitions to the University of Glasgow at his death in 1955.
Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908; 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.