The Power of Public Opinion

The Power of Public Opinion by George du Maurier. Punch (June 21, 1879): 282.

Our Pet Critic (soothingly).— “Well, I can't conscientiously praise it, old Man! But I'll tell you What I can do for you–I'll blackguard it so fearfully that lots of People will come forward out of fair play and swear it's the greatest Work of Genius this Age has ever seen!”

Pictor Ignotus [Unknown Painter].— “Thanks, my dear Boy, bless your kind Heart!”

Pictor Notus [Well-known Painter].— “Ha! Ha! Ha! You an Art-Critic! Why how old are You, my Lad?”

Our Pet Critic (sternly).— “If you dare talk that way to me, sir, I'll be hanged if I don't publish it, as my earnest conviction, that your Picture is the one supreme crowning Masterpiece of Contemporary Art.”

(Appalled by the threat, Pictor subsides.)

What Artists and Their Families Have to Put Up With

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