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Documents associated with: 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877
Record 24 of 119

System Number: 05225
Date: 6 May 1878
Author: James Anderson Rose[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R125
Document Type: ALS


FROM J. ANDERSON ROSE,[2]
11, SALISBURY STREET, STRAND,
LONDON W. C.

6 May 1878

Dear Sir

Whistler v Ruskin[3]

Defendant's Solicitors[4] have taken out a Summons to shew cause why the Trial of this Action should not be postponed[5] until the next Michaelmas sittings -

Yours truly

J Anderson Rose

per [illegible initials]

Jas A McN. Whistler Esqre


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Notes:

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

2.  FROM J. ANDERSON ROSE,
This line is printed in red ink; the rest is in black.

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.  Solicitors
Walker, Martineau and Co.

5.  postponed
The hearing of the case was hindered by Ruskin's increasingly fragile mental state. See also the court document #11771 concerning the postponement of the trial.