The Story of Whistler’s Peacock Room

Friends have been asking me about the peacocks I painted and how I came to be an encyclopedic raconteur of all things Whistler so I figured this write-up was in order.   As I’ve defended the artist, albeit unknowingly, since the age of six, it’s not surprising that I’ve accumulated many stories about the man…and his peacocks.  Sometimes a childhood black eye can do that.

Here is a quick sketch of his career, leading up to the story of his infamous Peacock Room. And then some.