System Number: 05368
Date: [3 December 1878]
Recipient: Edward Linley Sambourne
Place: [Isle of Thanet, Kent]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S12
Document Type: ALdS
THE WHITE HOUSE,
My dear Sambourne -
I know I shall be only charmed as I always am by your work and if I am myself it's subject I shall only be flattered in addition - Punch in person sat upon me in the box - Why should not the most subtle
and of his staff have a shot! and whatever delicacy and refinement Tom Taylor may have still left in his pockets (from which he drew his ammunition) I doubt not he will urge you to use that it may [p. 2] not be wasted! -
Meanwhile you must throw away no kind sentiment upon what you call this trying time -
& for I am thoroughly delighted with the affair To me is has been going -
J A McN
[p. 3] But To see in Ruskins army the T. Taylor
for whose opinion he has always had such high regard valued - and Frith the Classic for whose work he has always had such high regard has proud written are his ideal, was gratifying to me -
To look at / Burne Jones hand in glove with T Taylor whom he
respects delights in and Frith whose work he respects sympathizes with whom he respects was again joy appraizing in Harmony a privelege [sic] And finally to To be confronted with Titian as an exter a last means of extermination was [ an la?] in everything to the a variation in vanity of flattering even to a Coxcomb - What [t]hough the Judge saw the [p. 4] Hessian boots of George III - sticking hanging out as we say in America from under the Doges hat - and While Moore pronounced the canvass a Duffer - In
To find arrayed against my sinning self the whole force
arrayed in goodly fellowship Harmony against one poor Painter me own poor guilty self - Frith in [ the finish?] Titian the uncertain Punch in the [Painter?] & Jones the Modest immaculate the ever the the [illegible word, deleted] is was in itself a triumph of of the Serious over the flippant that it is not often given and a Joy to the lonely scoffer to rejoice in -
x To joy like this my dear Sambourne
expression of condolence you cannot offer condolances [sic] may not be brought
and shall you suppose me in
so grief? -
3. THE WHITE HOUSE,
Address heading is embossed.
See Anon., 'An Appeal to the Law,' Punch, vol. 75, 7 December 1878, p. 254, p. 254.
5. Tom Taylor
Thomas ('Tom') Taylor (1817-1880), civil servant, dramatist, art critic, and editor of Punch from 1874-1880 [more]. The case of Whistler v. Ruskin was heard at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878. Rossetti, Moore and Wills appeared as witnesses for JW, Taylor appeared as a not-very-hostile witness for Ruskin. See Merrill, Linda, A Pot of Paint: Aesthetics on Trial in 'Whistler v. Ruskin', Washington and London, 1992, pp. 141-45 for JW's testimony; pp. 154-58 for Rossetti; pp. 158-59 for Moore; pp. 160-61 for Wills.
12. and shall ... grief
Written at the top of p. 1.