Quotation by James Mcneill Whistler

Ruskin's counsel: The labour of two days ... is that for which you ask two hundred guineas?
Whistler: No: I ask it for the knowledge of a lifetime.
James Mcneill Whistler (1834–1903), U.S. artist. Quoted in Whistler, "The Action," The Gentle Art of Making Enemies (1890).

altercation during critic John Ruskin's lawsuit against Whistler, Nov. 15, 1878. See Ruskin's comment under "art" for the inflammatory remark that led to the suit, which Whistler won, though it left him nearly penniless.
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