Wilde and Whistler by Beerbohm

Another intriguing vignette from the folio of sketches, Aspects of Wilde, by Max Beerbohm (Ashmolean, Oxford). “Whistler rather bested him in ‘Truth'”. The pair are shown duelling with rapiers. Wilde once said to him, “I wish I had said that.”  Whistler answered, “You will, Oscar, you will.”  In a battle of telegrams, Wilde wrote with pleasure, “When you and I are together we never talk about anything except ourselves.” Whistler responded, “No, no, Oscar, you forget. When you and I are together, we never talk about anything except me.”

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