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AN ARTFUL ARTIST.

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AN ARTFUL ARTIST. Mr. Mortimer Menpes, in his sumptuous book, "Whistler as I Knew Him," tells some amusing stories of an eccentric artist whom "The Master met in his student days in Paris Whistler told me of a man who used to copy one special picture at the Louvre, a picture of a saint in a blue dress, for which lie always received 30f. As many copies as he could paint were sold for that sum. They were not bad in their way, aud no one could understand how it was possible for him to paint them for that price and thrive. Whistler explained his methods. The copyist arrived in the gallery quite early, before any of the other students, and, looking round the room, no iced a canvas belonging to a lady artist, with a much- laboured, half-finished copy upon it, exactly the size of the picture he wished to copy. Watch- ing carefully until the attendant was out of sight, he very rapidly and cleverly slid the canvas from off the easel of the lady artist on to his own, and quickly covered it with earth coloursâordinary pigment he could not afford. Then he would sketch in his picture and carry it as far as possible before the students arrived. By-and-bye the lady artist appeared and missed her canvas. There was a great fuss and cry all over the room for the "lost cauvas." From the top of a high ladder the venerable painter, at work on his blue-robed saint, looked down reprovingly through his spectacles, and said in an authoritative way "Hush! The students must not be disturbed! What do you say, madam ? Your canvas has gone ? Nonsense, my dear lady; it can't walk What size may it have been ? The lady murmured that it was much the size of his own, and, feeling that she had been creating too much of an annoyance, started to work on a new canvas.

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