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Katherine Prince collection relating to James McNeill Whistler, 1835- 1892

Prince, Katherine, 1819-1906


Collection Information

Size: 16 items (0.2 linear ft.)

Summary: Letters, diaries, and other material reflecting the long friendship between Katherine Prince, her sister Leslie, and Katherine's daughter, Susie Livermore Sutton, with their Lowell, Mass. neighbor James McNeill Whistler.

Included are: Two handwritten diaries of Katherine Prince written in England and in Europe in 1845 and 1846 which frequently mention and describe visits with Whistler's sister, Deborah Whistler, and their travels and activities together; four letters to Prince from her sister Leslie, 1835 and 1836; five letters between Leslie and Katherine pertaining to life in Lowell, Mass., 1835 and 1836; a telegraph from Whistler to the Livermore family, 1878; a letter from Whistler to Susie Sutton, with Whistler's butterfly signature, inviting her to call on him in his studio; an invitation to Whistler's "10 O'Clock" lecture at Prince's Hall, Piccadilly; "Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces" Goupil/6th Edition inscribed to Sutton by Whistler, 1892; and a typewritten memorandum written by Robert Cypian Houpe on the Livermore family which mentions a visit to dine with Whistler even as bailiffs have attached the artist's property.

Biographical/Historical Note

Katherine Prince, her sister Leslie, and her daughter Susie Livermore Sutton (1855-1938) were friends and neighbors to James McNeill Whistler; Lowell, Mass.


Donated 2002 by Mary Ellen Prince Doolan, great-great granddaughter of Katherine Prince.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Katherine Prince collection relating to James McNeill Whistler, 1835- 1892. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.