Jessica Bowles was the wife of Thomas Gibson Bowles, publisher of Vanity Fair and MP. They had one son and two daughters. Their daughter, Sydney Bowles, married David Mitford, the second Lord Redesdale.
She was a collector and her husband commissioned work from Whistler.
UK census 1881, from http://www.familysearch.org (accessed 2004); www.philaprintshop.com/vanfair.html, www.bbc.co.uk (accessed 2004).