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Documents associated with: Ten O'Clock Lecture
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System Number: 06761
Date: [December 1878 or February 1885?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W755
Document Type: ADf


[...] Aye! there be many of them, these merry lances of the Border! - They overrun the town! a teeming[2] seething boiling mass - whose virtue is Industry - and whose Industry is Vice! - [...]

[p. 2] A life passed[3] among pictures suffices not Messieu[rs] to make a painter -

It suffices not Messieurs! a life passed among pictures makes not a painter!

'Aggressive[4]'

[...]


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Notes:

1.  [December 1878 or February 1885?]
These notes, on a torn, crumpled and dirty scrap of paper, appear to be ideas for both Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878 and Whistler, James McNeill, Mr. Whistler's 'Ten O'Clock.', London, 1885. The writing suggests the later period, but not conclusively.

2.  a teeming
These comments on artists were cut down, and the section was finally published as one of the concluding paragraphs of the 'Ten O'Clock' lecture; it reads: 'A teeming, seething, busy mass, whose virtue was industry, and whose industry was vice!' (Whistler, James McNeill, Mr. Whistler's 'Ten O'Clock.', London, 1885, republished in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, p. 158).

3.  A life passed
'a life passed among pictures makes not a painter - else the policeman in the National Gallery might assert himself', see Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878, republished in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, p. 26.

4.  Aggressive
Written in another hand; this may have been a comment on JW's ideas.