The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877
Record 104 of 119

System Number: 11553
Date: 30 November 1878
Author: Albert Joseph Moore[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York
Call Number: MA 3553
Document Type: ALS

1 Holland Lane
Kensington. W.
Nov 30 / 78

Dear Whistler,

One of the enclosed - concocted mainly for the sake of the last sentence - is cut out of last nights' 'Echo'[2], & appears also today in the Daily News[3]. The other (out of Athenaeum[4]) is rather a happy suggestion, for I think [p. 2] those who sympathise with you can now do no less -

My sister in law - who once came round to see you, wd like to see my evidence as reported in The Globe[5] - Monday eve[nin]g. - can you send it? I find it almost impossible to get it now -

In gt. haste
Yrs ever

A. Moore

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1.  Albert Joseph Moore
Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893), painter [more]. This letter relates to JW's recent libel case against John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more]. The case was in response to Ruskin's criticism of JW's works, especially Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170), in his periodical Fors Clavigera. On 2 July 1877 he accused JW of 'flinging a pot of paint in the public's face' in a review of the I Summer Exhibition of the Grosvenor Gallery, London. See Ruskin, John, 'Letter the Seventy-ninth' Fors Clavigera, 2 July 1877, pp. 181-213. The trial took place at the Queen's Bench of the High Court over two days on 25-26 November 1878. Moore appeared as a witness on JW's behalf. The trial was covered extensively by the press.

2.  'Echo'
See Moore, Albert, 'The Case of Whistler v. Ruskin: To the Editor of the Echo,' The Echo, 29 November 1878.

3.  Daily News
Anon., 'Action for Libel against Mr. Ruskin,' The Daily News, 26 and 27 November 1878.

4.  Athenaeum

5.  The Globe
See Anon., 'Action for Libel against Mr. Ruskin,' The Globe & Traveller, 25 November 1878.