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Massachusetts-born, British-based artist James McNeill Whistler is famous for his full-length portrait (of his mother), Arrangement in Grey and Black. However, Whistler, the man who painted the icon of American motherhood, left America at 21 and didn't return. Instead, he lived as an expatriate in London and Paris, where in the 1880s he formed a group of forward-thinking followers who in time would imitate his style and help spread the good word of Whistler. It's this part of Whistler's history that Robins focuses on in this book. A serious historian of late 19th- and early 20th-century British and French art, Robins has published prolifically, particularly on the subject of British and French impressionists and postimpressionists. Her book is more than a prettily illustrated catalog with a snappy title. It is a serious study of Whistler, his lesser-known 1880s works, and his disciples and their work. Complete with scores of color and black-and-white illustrations, extensive notes, a considerable bibliography, and an index, the book is recommended for academic institutions with history of art collections.