The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877
Record 26 of 119

System Number: 11764
Date: 8 May 1878
Author: H. J. Hodgson[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: PD/Ms

Whistler v Ruskin[3]

UPON HEARING THE SOLICITORS AGENTS ON BOTH SIDES AND BY CONSENT I DO ORDER THAT the Trial of this Action be postponed[4] until the next Trinity Sittings[5].

DATED THE 8th DAY OF May 1878

H. J. Hodgson

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1.  H. J. Hodgson
Henry John Hodgson (1817-1890), a Master of the Supreme Court of Judicature, Royal Courts of Justice [more].

2.  James Anderson Rose
This was probably addressed to James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

3.  Whistler v Ruskin
JW brought a libel suit against John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more], in response to Ruskin's criticism in his magazine Fors Clavigera. On 2 July 1877, Ruskin 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 Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878.

4.  postponed
The hearing of the case was hindered by Ruskin's increasingly fragile mental state. See also the court document #05225 concerning the postponement of the trial.

5.  Trinity Sittings
That is, the autumn Sittings of the Court.