Ethel Philip was born in Chelsea, London back in 1861 to John and Frances. Prior to her marriage to Charles she worked as a secretary to James from 1893-94. She died in Paris, France in 1920 at 58. While working for James he painted her in a number of full-length portraits.
What you may not know about Ethel Philip Whibley is that she was the lady James McNeill Whistler was interested in painting before his famous portrait of his mother. Yes, I’m writing about that James Whistler and the lady that held his attention prior to that famous painting. You can see her in his painting “Mother of Pearl and Silver, The Andalusian, Rose and Silver and of course the Portrait of Mrs. Whibley to name a few. His nickname for Ethel was “bunny.”
Mother of Pearl and Silver can be found at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. until tomorrow keep that smile on your face, pass it on to someone in need