James McNeill Whistler (summer 1885)

James McNeill Whistler, in the garden of his studio, Chelsea, summer 1885

Courtesy of the website of the National Portrait Gallery, London

Scarcely a feature stays in its place, so fierce is its intention of “firmly” coming forth; and in the midst of this unseemly struggle for prominence, the gentle truth has but a sorry chance, falling flat and flavourless, and without force.

– James McNeill Whistler, “A Further Proposition”