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JAMES Abbott McNeill Whistler has a special place in the history of American and European art. An American citizen, he chose early in his life to live in Europe and settled in the London of the late 19th century. His younger brother William chose medicine as a career and soon followed him to London where he became a laryngologist of note, contributing much to the establishment of the specialty in England.
William Whistler was born in 1836 in Lowell, Mass, the son of Major George Washington Whistler, a distinguished engineer and graduate of West Point. In 1837 Major Whistler's work took the family to Stonington, Conn for three years before they moved again, this time to Springfield, Mass.
In 1842 Csar Nicholas I of Russia sent a commission to Europe and America to find the best man to build the railway from St. Petersburg to Moscow. They chose Major Whistler
WILSON TDH. Doctor Whistler: A Portrait of the Artist's Brother. Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;88(3):336–341. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00770010338025
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