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The American painter James McNeill Whistler was not a man especially noted for either his modesty or his tact. In 1902 he was living in Paris and while there attended a coronation party for Edward VII together with a number of other Americans also living abroad.

One of the ladies present spoke to him:

"I believe you know King Edward, Mr. Whistler?"

"No madam," said he.

"How very strange," she reflected, "For I met the King last year and I am certain he told me that he knew you."

"That was just his brag," replied Whistler.

---------------A Final Thought ...

"Yes, madam, Nature is creeping up."

- James McNeill Whistler (18341903), U.S. artist. Quoted in: D. C. Seitz, Whistler Stories (1913, p. 27), to a woman who remarked that a landscape view reminded her of his work