The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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W. Richard Palmer, 1834-1870

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1834
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Date of Death: 1870
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W. Richard ('Dick') Suydam Palmer was the son of Courtland Palmer and Mary Ann Suydam Palmer, and was JW's patron and step-cousin.


In 1857 JW appears to have made a drawing for Dick, who affectionately referred to JW as 'Jemie' (#06485). This drawing, which was a copy, may have been Copy after Ingres's 'Roger délivrant Angélique' (YMSM 11), Copy after Mignard's 'La Vierge à la grappe' (YMSM 12) or Copy after Turner's 'Rockets and blue lights (close at hand) to warn steam-boats of shoal water' (M.176). Anna McNeill Whistler wrote of Dick in 1858 that 'I like him less than any of his family, he towers rather over his relatives at the Corner House' in Stonington, CT (#06495).