Whistler, James McNeill

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was born in Lowell, Mass. USA but spent most of his life in Europe where he became a famous painter and master of etching. Even though his paintings were often ridiculed in his lifetime, there was his famous court case with Ruskin, his skill at etching was never disputed and he is often compared to Rembrandt in this genre. He lived as a dandy and had a deserved reputation as a great wit being under much demand as a dinner guest along with his friend Oscar Wilde. At one dinner party after a particularly witty remark Wilde is supposed to have said `Oh James, I wish i had said that` to which Whistler replied `You will Oscar, you will`