The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877
Record 15 of 119

System Number: 08906
Date: 6 December 1877
Author: Walker Martineau and 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: MsD

1877. W. No. 818
In the High Court of Justice
Queens Bench Division

Delivered the 6th day of December 1877. -
Whistler}   Statement
  -  v  -  }     -  of  -
Ruskin[4]  }   Defence

Walker Martineau & Co.
13 Kings Road Grays Inn W. C.
Defendants Solicitors.

[p. 2] In the High Court of Justice    1877. W. No. 818
Queens Bench Division

Between James Abbott McNeill Whistler   Plaintiff
- and -
John Ruskin    Defendant

Statement of Defence

delivered the sixth day of December 1877 by Messrs Walker Martineau and Company of No. 13 Kings Road Grays Inn in the County of Middlesex Defendants Solicitors. -

1 The Defendant admits the allegation contained in paragraph 3 of the Statement of Claim subject to the production at the Trial by the Plaintiff of a Copy of the said Pamphlet[5] for reference

2 The alleged libel is privileged as being a fair and bonâ fide criticism upon a painting[6] which the Plaintiff had exposed for Public view. -

3 Save as aforesaid the Defendant denies the allegations in paragraphs 3 and 5 of the Statement of Claim. -

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1.  Walker Martineau and Co
Lawyers representing John Ruskin in the case of Whistler v. Ruskin, which was heard at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878.

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

3.  37
Written in unknown hand in top right corner, encircled. The number may relate to a sequence of documents in the Whistler v Ruskin trial.

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

5.  Pamphlet
Ruskin, John, 'Letter the Seventy-ninth' Fors Clavigera, 2 July 1877, pp. 181-213.

6.  Painting
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170), exhibited at 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877.