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Chelsea Shops (detail), F1902.149a-b

Whistler's Neighborhood:
Impressions of a Changing London

Nowhere in England could you find better material for pictures than in Chelsea... but it was then practically owned by James McNeill Whistler. There were his little shops, his rag shops, his green-grocer shops, and his sweet shops; in fact, so nearly was it all his, that after a time he sternly forbade other painters to work there at all.
Dorothy Menpes, World Pictures: Being a Record in Color (1902)

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