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System Number: 07584
Date: 1 June 1881
Author: Edmund Hodgson Yates[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLfc[2]

The World,

June 1, 1881.

My dear James,

I see from a weekly paper that your late residence, the White House, in Tite Street, is now occupied by Mr. Harry Quilter[3], "the excellent art critic and writer on art," or words to that effect. This is the great man who has succeeded Mr. Tom Taylor[4] on the Times, and whose vagaries in art criticism you and I, my dear James, have previously noticed. . .


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1.  Edmund Hodgson Yates
Edmund Hodgson Yates (1831-1894), novelist, 'Atlas' columnist and editor-proprietor of the World [more].

2.  PLfc
Published in the World, 1 June 1881. Republished in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, p. 67, under the title 'A Warning'. A marginal note reads: 'REFLECTION: "A foolish man's foot is soon in his neighbour's house; but a man of experience is ashamed of him." [butterfly signature]'. The quotation is reminiscent of Proverbs 25.17 - 'Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and [so] hate thee.'

3.  Mr. Harry Quilter
Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more]. Quilter purchased JW's studio house the White House in September 1878 after JW's bankruptcy, to his disgust. Quilter had recently been appointed art critic of the Times after the death of Tom Taylor.

4.  Mr. Tom Taylor
Thomas ('Tom') Taylor (1817-1880), civil servant, dramatist, art critic, and editor of Punch from 1874-1880 [more].