Ethel Philip

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Ethel got famous through the works of another. Now that is really deep trivia! Enjoy your day!

Dec 21, 2017 04:33 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Interesting way to become famous.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 21, 2017 04:44 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Interesting way to get your name in the lights.

Dec 21, 2017 04:48 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I will check out the painting at the National Gallery next time in DC.

Dec 21, 2017 05:03 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, someone new that I have never heard anything about and I don't think I have seen the famous painting.

Dec 21, 2017 05:11 AM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Talents can pertpetiuate fame in all kinds of ways !

Dec 21, 2017 05:46 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Pretty high brow today but very interesting. Merry Christmas.

Dec 21, 2017 06:28 AM #7
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

We haven't been to that particular musuem yet but perhaps on one of my trips to DC each year. I have seen the more famous painting by Whistler in the Musee D'Orsay in Paris. Different way to become famous, huh?


Dec 21, 2017 06:59 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We have seen Whistler as Jeff Dowler mentioned in Paris.  And we have not been to Washington DC in a long time.  A

Dec 21, 2017 08:12 AM #9
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

I'm not sure I have seen that painting yet. I will have to go see it now. Thanks for sharing!

Dec 21, 2017 09:19 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - Ethel Philip certainly became famous because of Whistler's Mother.

Dec 21, 2017 12:28 PM #11
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Now I need to go and google this painting to see it. (Not one I'm familiar with.)

Dec 21, 2017 02:32 PM #12
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