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  • Bet Ruskin thought it was worth the farthing.

    February 26, 2010

  • For Mr. Whistler’s own sake, no less than for the protection of the purchaser, Sir Coutts Lindsay ought not to have admitted works into the gallery in which the ill-educated conceit of the artist so nearly approached the aspect of wilful imposture. I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face.

    Whistler sued for libel, won the case, but was awarded only a farthing in damages.

    February 26, 2010