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Maria Leathart, 1840-1899

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1840
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Date of Death: 1899
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Identity:

Maria Hedley, the daughter of a prosperous soap manufacturer and Mayor of Newcastle, married the Newcastle lead manufacturer and collector James Leathart, the son of a mining engineer and prospector. They had ten surviving children. The Leatharts lived at 12 Framlington Place, Newcastle, and after 1869 at Bracken Dene, Low Fell, Gateshead.

Life:

When her husband suffered ill health in 1892, Mrs Leathart was in contact with JW concerning the lending of Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of the Six Marks (YMSM 47) for exhibition in London at the Goupil Gallery and also in Paris.

Bibliography:

Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980; MacDonald, Margaret F., James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven and London, 1995; Macleod, Dianne Sachko, Art and the Victorian Middle Class: Money and the Making of Cultural Identity, Cambridge, 1996, pp. 440-41