The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Emelie Eyre Jones, 1850-??

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1850.02.27
Place of Birth: 23 Porter Street, Myson, Hull
Date of Death:
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Emelie ('Milly') Eyre Jones was a model who married Stuart Robson in 1870. Her sister Augusta also modelled for Whistler.


Jones posed for Whistler's Symphony in White, No. 3 (YMSM 61) in Frederick Jameson's studio, 62 Great Russell Street, in 1865. Whistler described Milly as she appeared in his picture, in a letter to Fantin-Latour on 16 August 1865: 'tête blonde, robe de soie blanche jaunatre - ce que l'on appelle foulard - quelque fleurs pourpre foncé tombées par terre près la robe jaunâtre' (#11477). From February to March 1868 Jones sat again to Whistler, possibly for the completion of Symphony in White, No. 3 (YMSM 61). Whistler was in correspondence with Jones concerning sitting arrangements from 1863 until 1868. Pennell suggested that Jones also posed for The Artist's Studio (YMSM 62) but this is incorrect.


Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980.