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System Number: 11920
Date: 30 October 1878
Author: James Anderson Rose[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Joseph Edgar Boehm and others[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: PD/Ms


1877. - W. - NO. 818

'14[3]'

IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE.
Queens Bench DIVISION.

BETWEEN
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
PLAINTIFF
AND
John Ruskin[4]
DEFENDANT

[stamp:] HER MAJESTYS HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE / QUEENS BENCH DIVISION / WRITS L. TO Z. DIVISION / 30 OCT 1878

VICTORIA, BY THE GRACE OF GOD OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, QUEEN, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, TO J. Edgar Böehm William Michael Rossetti[5] Martin Colnaghi and Algernon Graves

GREETING: WE COMMAND YOU, AND EVERY OF YOU, THAT ALL THINGS SET ASIDE, AND CEASING EVERY EXCUSE, YOU AND EVERY OF YOU BE AND APPEAR IN YOUR PROPER PERSONS, AT THE SITTINGS OF THE Queens Bench DIVISION OF OUR HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, HOLDEN IN Middlesex AT Westminster Hall ON Saturday THE Second DAY OF November ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY eight - BY TEN OF THE CLOCK IN THE FORENOON OF THE SAME DAY, AND SO FROM DAY TO DAY, DURING THE SAID SITTINGS, UNTIL THE ACTION HEREINAFTER MENTIONED BE TRIED, TO TESTIFY THE TRUTH, ACCORDING TO YOUR KNOWLEDGE, IN A CERTAIN ACTION NOW IN THE SAID DIVISION OF OUR HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, DEPENDING BETWEEN
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
PLAINTIFF AND John Ruskin
DEFENDANT ON THE PART OF THE Plaintiff
AND AT THE DAY AFORESAID, BETWEEN THE PARTIES AFORESAID, TO BE TRIED; AND THIS YOU NOR ANY OF YOU SHALL IN NO WISE OMIT, UNDER THE PENALTY OF EVERY OF YOU OF ONE HUNDRED POUNDS. WITNESS, HUGH MACCALMONT[6] BARON Earl CAIRNS, LORD HIGH CHANCELLOR OF GREAT BRITAIN, AT WESTMINSTER, THE 29 30th DAY OF October IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-eight

[p. 2] '11'

THIS WRIT WAS ISSUED BY
James Anderson Rose
Plaintiffs Solicitor
11 Salisbury Street Strand
in the County of Middlesex

'Served Copy on within named J Edgar Böehm
Thursday 20 Novr 1878

R R W[7]'

'Served Algernon Graves
on Saturday 23 Novr 1878

R R W'


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Notes:

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

2.  Joseph Edgar Boehm and others
The writ includes the names of Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890), sculptor [more], Martin Enrico ('Henry') Luigi Gaetano Colnaghi (1821-1908), art dealer [more], and Algernon Graves (1845-1922), of H. Graves and Co., print dealers [more]. They were required as possible witnesses to prove JW's established professional standing as an artist.

3.  '14'
Written in another hand in upper right-hand corner of sheet. The number may have been assigned by Rose to the legal documents he kept from the Whistler v Ruskin trial (see note below).

4.  John Ruskin
This is a document relating to JW's libel suit against John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more]. The suit was in response to Ruskin's criticism of JW's works, especially Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170) in his 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 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877. 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.

5.  William Michael Rossetti
William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), civil servant and critic [more].

6.  HUGH MACCALMONT
The Right Honourable Hugh MacCalmont (1819-1885), Baron Cairns, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain [more].

7.  R R W
Robert Reginald Western (b. 1843), legal clerk to James Anderson Rose [more]. These two final paragraphs were noted by Western.