So Whistler gradually surrounded himself with what he called his ‘no-shirt’ friends. These were penniless students and amusing characters of the Quarter. They lived in empty rooms and drew their furniture on the wall in charcoal with skillful effects of light and shade. Idle and unkempt, they would lean out of top windows, absorbed in the pastime of fishing for the landlady’s goldfish in a bowl on a balcony underneath, with a hook let down on the end of a piece of string. They used the bath for any other purpose than that for which it was intended. They ate off the bottom of a plate when the right side was dirty and had a gift for breaking crockery and furniture. Whistler was thrilled.
– William Gaunt, The Aesthetic Adventure
– Walter Robinson, Curator in training