[George Washington Whistler's grave]
Drawing shows trees and grave of Whistler's father, Maj. George Washington Whistler, in the old cemetery at Stonington, Conn.
Title from catalogue raisonné.
Signed: J. W.
Widow Anna McNeill Whistler and her two boys returned to America in the summer of 1849; the drawing was probably done then or shortly after while they stayed with her sister Kate Palmer in Stonington.
Matted with the drawing: A carbon copy of a letter dated May 8, 1936, from Lillian MacNeill Palmer to Putnam, Librarian of Congress, explaining the circumstances of her finding the drawing and its subsequent acquisition by the Library.
Off-white laid paper with 1/8 in. black border (mourning paper), folded horizontally at center; partial watermark of Prince of Wales' feathers above a double arch (incomplete), f.s.
On back: Black collector's stamp of J & E R Pennell (Lugt Suppl. 874a) and black stamp of L.C. Fine Arts Division (Lugt Suppl. 926f).
James McNeill Whistler : drawings, pastels, and watercolors : a catalogue raisonné / Margaret F. MacDonald. New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 1995, no. 25 (p. 13)
Gift; Mrs. Elizabeth Robins Pennell; 1936; (360049).
Forms part of the Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection of Whistleriana.
George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. "Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected."