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System Number: 06768
Date: [December 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W762
Document Type: AD[2]


This one instance apart, when colapse [sic] was immediate, the creature Critic is of comparative modern growth - and certainly in extreme complete condition of recent date - To his perfection go qualities evolved from the latest lightnesses of today - and indeed the froth of Boulevards furnishes the finish in which the French specimen far exceeds his         and for the reason the froth of France finish furnish[e]s perhaps the finest furnishes perhaps the finest fellows [illegible word] of the fellowship         formé!

Indeed beside his brother of the Boulevards the Briton is but a coarse boorish Braggart or blatant bully - The finish [illegible word] finesse of the Frenchman acquired in long loafing and clever chatter clever cackle of the Cafés - the glib go and easy swagger of elegance assurance of the petit Crevé[3] combined with charm the chic and of great habit - the knack of short paragraphs - the fling of the Figaro[4] - are the the custom of concentrating the wit of the wings & the prattle of the painters - the sense of their slang and above all his horror of being a [p. 2] bore which hi

of his own ephemeral existence which prevents his ever being a bore - These are elements of an Entirety (impossible in this island[)] -


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Notes:

1.  [December 1878]
This is a draft of part of Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878, written after the Whistler v. Ruskin trial of 25-26 November 1878.

2.  AD
Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878 was republished in 1890, and this section appears in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 27-28. These two sheets are numbered '7' and '8', and must have belonged to a larger document.

3.  petit Crevé
Fr., dandy.

4.  Figaro
The leading French illustrated daily newspaper, specialising in political, satirical, and literary news and reviews.