The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877
Record 106 of 119

System Number: 12006
Date: [November 1878?][1]
Author: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: AN

'W-R        PW[3]'

Rose pencil notes

"The very fact of Mr Carlyle[4] not being attended to is in itself unfair - since it was also exhibited -

Does Ruskin[5] look in the catalogue or at the pictures on the walls when criticizing

[p. 2] The Nocturne in Gold and Blue belonging to Mrs Wyndham[6] is the only one not seen by the jury -

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1.  [November 1878?]
The case of Whistler v. Ruskin was heard at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878. (see Merrill, Linda, A Pot of Paint: Aesthetics on Trial in 'Whistler v. Ruskin', Washington and London, 1992, p. 80)

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

3.  W-R PW
'W-R' is written in the upper left corner and 'PW' at upper right.

4.  Mr Carlyle
JW exhibited seven oils at the 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877, one of which, Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137), was not listed in the catalogue. This was in the end produced as evidence at the Westminster Palace Hotel during the 'Whistler v. Ruskin' trial, along with Nocturne in Blue and Silver (YMSM 113), Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge (YMSM 140), Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170) and Arrangement in Brown (YMSM 182).

5.  Ruskin
John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more].

6.  Mrs Wyndham
Madeline Caroline Frances Eden Wyndham (1835-1920), née Campbell, artist [more], owned Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Westminster Bridge (YMSM 145).