Quotation by John Ruskin

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.
John Ruskin (1819–1900), British art critic, author. Letter, June 18, 1877. Fors Clavigera (1871-1884).

Referring to Whistler's Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket, Oscar Wilde commented that the painting was "worth looking at for about as long as one looks at a real rocket, that is, for somewhat less than a quarter of a minute." Whistler took more seriously Ruskin's remarks which he made the subject of a law-suit. See Whistler on value.
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