The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Moreton Frewen, 1853-1924

Nationality: Irish
Date of Birth: 1853
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Date of Death: 1924.09.02
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Moreton Frewen was an economist and M.P. for North-east Cork. He married Claire (Clara?) Jerome, elder sister of Jennie Jerome (Winston Churchill's mother), and built a large house, Frewen's Castle, for his new bride, including papered walls, English woodwork, a piano from Chicago and telephones. The isolation and a miscarriage were too much for Clara, however, who returned to New York within a year.


Frewen appears to have been known to JW in the mid to late 1880s. This was a time when JW certainly cultivated the acquaintance of a number of M.Ps, perhaps as potential patrons, or to make useful contacts. However, it may well have been his long-standing interest in Irish politics that formed the bond between them. Frewen resigned in 1911 to leave the way clear for the election of a Nationalist.

Later Frewen became a rancher, cattle baron, and millionaire in Wyoming, in partnership with Sir Horace Plunkett in the Powder River Cattle Company.


Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford, 2004; Andrews, Allen; The Splendid Pauper - The Story of an Eccentric Victorian Empire Builder: Moreton Frewen, London, 1968; H. M. Warne, A Catalogue of the Frewen Archives, East Sussex Record Office, no. 5, 1972; (accessed 2003.11.5).