From the Author
to the '81 Club 14 February 2011 by Mrs. Alan R. Marsh.
During the course of his work for the art patron, Frederick R. Leyland, a Liverpool ship
owner, the following transpired:
"That gave the excitable Whistler a clear field. Alone in the house, he more than touched
up the room with a little gold paint. He let his imagination run wild with peacock feather
designs on the ceiling, ornate peacocks in gilded paint on the shutters, and around the
'Well, you know, I just painted on and on. I went on - without design or sketch - putting
in every touch with such freedom...And the harmony blue and gold developing, you
know, I forgot everything in my joy of it.'
And, most shockingly, he painted over the leather walls.
Now about those leather walls. The leather had been bought by Thomas Jekyll at great
expense to Mr. Leyland. It had been part of the dowry of Catherine of Aragon who
brought it from Spain. It was richly embossed and trimmed, and important in its own
Whistler had covered all the visible rich antique Spanish leather completely with a thick
coat of peacock blue paint. "
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About the Author
which was formed in 1881 for the purpose of presenting scholarly
papers to the membership, avoiding the forbidden topics of the Civil
War, politics and religion. This intimate look at the life of James Abbott McNeill Whistler is one of many '81 Club papers spotlighting such stars as Madame Curie, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Nora Ephron, Isabella Stewart Gardner, David Douglas Duncan, Robert Edsel, eventually totaling a body of work of 25 titles, better known as the
THRILLING READING LIVING VICARIOUSLY Series.
Joan attended the University of Missouri and holds a B.A. from Texas
Tech University. Her major was English, and as night follows the day,
led to her 43 year career in publishing education programs for
children. Joan and Alan Marsh founded MarshFilm Enterprises, Inc.
dba MarshMedia in 1969. The Marshes live in Kansas City, Missouri,
where they raised their two sons. Those sons and their families,
including eight grandchildren, who live all over the world, were the
inspiration for many of the childrens' stories.
The family motto is Carpe Diem. Seize the Day!
If 25 is the magic number for publications by Joan Marsh, then please visit childrensebooksbyjoan.com for a complete description of the 25 exquisite children's ebooks that form the nucleus of her life's work as a publisher.
These ebooks form a series of luminously illustrated children's stories, each with a timeless animal protagonist, a compelling geographic location,an important multicultural life skills message.