Whistler House Museum of Art

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The Whistler House Museum of Art, birthplace of James McNeill Whistler.

The Whistler House Museum of Art is the birthplace of painter and etcher James McNeill Whistler. It is located at 243 Worthen Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA, and is open as a museum displaying works from the Museum collection and shows by artist members.

History of the house[edit]

The house was built around 1825 by the Locks and Canals Company for their manager.[1] Paul Moody, master mechanic and inventor, was the first resident of the house.[1] Upon becoming Chief Engineer in 1834, George Washington Whistler lived in the house with his wife, Anna Matilda McNeill Whistler.[2] Their son James Whistler was born in 1834 there.[1] James B. Francis took over as chief engineer and moved into the house the house in 1837 when G.W. Whistler moved to Russia. James Francis married Sarah, and they raised their six children here.[1][3]

In 1908 the home became The house has been the home of the Lowell Art Association since 1908 and made it into a museum.[1]

Permanent exhibit[edit]

The first floor and second floor hall and bedrooms now house the WHMA's Permanent collection, including one room dedicated to the etchings of James McNeil Whistler. The top floor is a working artist studio. In the rear of the home is the Parker Gallery, where new exhibits are shown.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Marion, Paul (2014). Mill Power. New York: Rowan and Littlefield. p. 85. ISBN 978-1442236288. 
  2. ^ Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1936. 
  3. ^ Merriam Webster's Biographical Dictionary. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster. 1995. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to the Frontpage". Whistlerhouse.org. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 

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Coordinates: 42°38′40.13″N 71°18′52.97″W / 42.6444806°N 71.3147139°W / 42.6444806; -71.3147139