Whistler the American painter, wit and controversialist, stayed in Lyme for a year in the 1895. He did some beautiful sketches and portraits in Lyme, notably 'The Little Rose of Lyme Regis' - Rosie Rendall the 8 year old daughter of the town grocer and of Sam Govier, a blacksmith who had a forge near his studio in Broad Street.  The originals are in the Boston Museum of Art, but copies can be seen in our Museum here in Lyme.  He was certainly a brilliant painter and  great wit, rivalling some said, Oscar Wilde.  He was however far from universally popular. Rossetti apparently described  him as 'having  many friends but none of them liked him.'