The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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R. W. McLeod Fullarton, 1835-1896

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1835
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Date of Death: 1896.05.29
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R. W. McLeod Fullarton, QC, was the son of Archibald Fullarton of Glasgow.


Fullarton was a 'boyish acquaintance' of JW from around 1848. In the summer of 1848 JW visited the Isle of Wight and then went to school near Bristol. Fullarton may have been a fellow pupil there.

Fullarton was a poet and in 1865 wrote JW a poem inspired by Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52). He declared that it was written 'in the hope that you may find expressed in them [the verses] thoughts that may have arisen in your own mind, when painting a picture fitted to give so much pleasure to the few and so little to the many!' (#11005).

He was a member of the Arts Club from 1871 to 1874. He died at his house at 1 Holland Park Avenue, London. A sale of his collection of old masters was held by Messrs Foster in 1897.


The Times, London, Monday, 26 July 1897, p. 16; The Arts Club records; The Times, London, Monday, 1 June 1896; p. 8.