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James Abbot McNeill WHISTLER
7 Marlborough Street
The controversial American painter of the late nineteenth century lived abroad during most of his life, chiefly in France and England. In England he was closely associated with the school of thought that wished to divorce art from social, literary or anecdotal significance; the famous portrait of his mother, for example, is prosaically entitled Arrangement in Grey and Black. He was greatly interested in Japanese prints, and from this source he adapted the butterfly symbol that he used to sign his later paintings.
He settled in Tite Street, Chelsea, in 1880; and during the last two years of his life, he lived for a time at 7 Marlborough Street, Bath. His influence on contemporary art has been immense.