The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877
Record 38 of 119

System Number: 11939
Date: 28 October 1878
Author: James Anderson Rose[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: Walker Martineau & Co.[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: MsD

1877 W. No. 818     '54[3]'
In the High Court of Justice
Queens Bench Division

Between James Abbott McNeill Whistler    Plaintiff
John Ruskin       Defendant

We consent to this Action[4] not being in the list for Trial before Monday the 18th day of November next

Dated this 28th day of October 1878

J Anderson Rose

Plaintiffs Solicitor

Walker Martineau & Co

Defendants Solicitors

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1.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

2.  Walker Martineau & Co.
Solicitors for John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more].

3.  '54'
Written in another hand in upper right-hand corner of sheet, circled.

4.  Action
This relates to JW's libel suit against Ruskin, in response to his criticism of JW's works in the 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 on 25-26 November 1878.