Documents associated with: Gentle Art (Ford)
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To J. McNEILL WHISTLER, ESQ. —
No! no! believe me, you state the case clumsily. What you meant to say was, how lucky you were in my having interested you in yourself.
But why 'wrong impressions' or 'impressions' of any sort? Because the prince of impressionists strays sadly a-field — parting company with the refinement that once endeared him to his enemies, shall I have a brutal philanthropy thrust upon me and be buried by the vulgar cheque of commerce? Credit it not, though chaos reign in Chelsea! Know also that I am endowed in perpetuity by an all-wise Providence, that Truth may triumph and the foolish in high places be put to shame.
Bestow this counter of the Thing-world on the unworthy poor of your parish, lest ridicule come upon you and it be gleefully set down, by some historian of an idle day, how the Brush sought vainly to besmirch the Pen.
With enclosure. Aug. 20, 1889.
The St. Stephen's Review, Sept. 21, 1889.
Published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890, pp. 225-26. See Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, B. 65.