The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877
Record 27 of 119

System Number: 12094
Date: 5 June 1878
Author: Walker, Martineau & Co.[1]
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS

'Walker & Co[3] 5 June 1878
Whistler v Ruskin

[p. 2] 13, King's Road Gray's Inn,
W. C.

5th June 1878

Dear Sir,

Ruskin ats Whistler.[4]

We have not yet heard for certain but we fear there will be no chance of Mr Ruskin being well enough[5] to attend to this matter at the ensuing Sittings.

We write a line to let you know this as it will no doubt be a convenience to you and as soon as we receive positive instructions we will write you again.

Yours faithfully,

Walker Martineau & Co

J Anderson Rose Esqre

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

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

3.  'Walker & Co ... 36'
Written in another hand on left.

4.  Ruskin ats Whistler.
JW brought a libel suit against Ruskin in response to his criticism in his journal 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.

5.  well enough
During the spring and summer of 1878, Ruskin suffered bouts of mental illness which stalled proceedings several times to bring the case to trial. Although he recovered, latterly Ruskin 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.