Definition of James McNeill Whistler from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


James McNeill Whistler

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(1834-1903) a US artist who was educated in France and lived mostly in London, England, after 1859. His best-known painting is usually called Whistler's Mother. In a famous legal case he took John Ruskin to court for publicly criticizing his painting Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket. Whistler won the case but was awarded only a quarter of one penny.