The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877
Record 31 of 119

System Number: 11765
Date: 13 June 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[4] OR AGENTS ON BOTH SIDES AND BY CONSENT I DO ORDER THAT the Trial of this Action be postponed[5] until next Michaelmas sittings

H. J Hodgson

DATED the 13th day of June 1878

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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
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 journal Fors Clavigera. On July 2 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.

That is, J. A. Rose and Walker Martineau & Co. (who acted on Ruskin's behalf).

5.  postponed
During the spring and summer of 1878, Ruskin suffered repeated bouts of mental illness. This stalled proceedings to bring the case to trial several times. Although he recovered, latterly, he became reluctant to attend the trial at all (see Merrill, Linda, A Pot of Paint: Aesthetics on Trial in 'Whistler v. Ruskin', Washington and London, 1992, pp. 95-96). It eventually took place at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878.