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System Number: 12003
Date: 21 November 1878
Author: James Anderson Rose[1]
Place: London
Recipient: John Humffrey Parry[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: AN

21 Novr 78

J E Bohm Böehm[3] A R A
Cornwall Gardens
Gloucester Rd
Gloucester Rd [Statm?]

Privy Purse [Spag?] Privy Purse at Buckingham Palace to prove that Her Majesty has collected in her Library at Windsor Mr Whistler's Etchings[4]

R[ichar]d Holmes[5] Queen's Librarian - Windsor -
[illegible word]

Reid[6] - British Museum
To prove that his Etchings are collected in the British Museum

[p. 2] '125[7]'

Mr [G.?] before 6

'To Mr Serjeant Parry'[8]

This document is protected by copyright.


1.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more]. This relates to preparations for JW's libel suit against John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more]. See also notes for the trial, #12003. 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 other names mentioned in this document were of possible witnesses whose evidence might prove JW's position as an established artist. However, in the end, none of them took the stand.

2.  John Humffrey Parry
Probably for John Humffrey Parry (1816-1880), Sergeant-at-law [more], JW's counsel in the trial.

3.  Böehm
Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890), sculptor [more]. His address was The Avenue, 76 Fulham Road.

4.  Etchings
The Royal Library at Windsor owned a large collection of JW's etchings, including Twelve Etchings from Nature, 1858 (the 'French Set', K.9-11, 13-17, 19, 21, 22, 24). (excat 3). See also Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, I, pp. 154-55.

5.  R[ichar]d Holmes
Richard Rivington Holmes (1835-1911), Librarian at Windsor Castle and Sergeant at Arms to Queen Victoria [more].

6.  Reid
George William Reid (1819-1887), Curator, British Museum Print Room [more].

7.  '125'
Written in another hand in upper right-hand corner of sheet. This was one of the legal documents from JW's bankruptcy kept by Rose and given a number.

8.  'To Mr Serjeant Parry'
Written in a different hand.