Whistler the Friend

Whistler the Friend

Whistler the Friend

Whistler the Friend

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Of the writing of books about Whistler, there threatens to be no end, and I am adding still one more to their number. But, all the same, I believe I have some claim to originality, and this is my reason. It is about Whistler the Enemy that most of the books have been written, he having set the fashion joyously with his "Gentle Art of Making Enemies." The public saw him always as one well armed for battle, a warrior of a butterfly, darting here, there, and everywhere that long twisting tail with the sting at the end of it, and the venom was not soon or easily forgotten by those who were stung. My good fortune, however, was to know only Whistler the Friend, find I cannot be too thankful for it. In all his relations with Joseph Pennell and myself, this is the one side of his many-sided character that he was charming enough to show us. We knew well enough that he did not come undeservedly by his reputation as Enemy. We had been in London during many . . .

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