The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12001
Date: [November 1878?][1]
Author: James Anderson Rose [2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: AN

Pictures are not valued with respect to the time expended on them

It is said that Tintoret's[3] large picture the Miracle of St Mark[4] was executed in fifteen days - ask the artists on the other side if they have not heard of this & their opinion on the point generally

also Messrs Jones & Severn[5] whether they think I have a right to express an opinion as to the merits of a painters art or whether Whistler colours, well composes well & paints well

Can a w

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1.  [November 1878?]
This relates to JW's libel suit against John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more], which took place at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878.

2.  James Anderson Rose
Probably written by James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more], with JW's advice.

3.  Tintoret's
Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti) (1519-1594), Venetian painter [more], who is known to have worked with remarkable rapidity.

4.  Miracle of St Mark
One of Tintoretto's principal Venetian works, now known as Tintoretto, The Miracle of St Mark or The Miracle of the Slave (z78), dating from 1547-48. Commissioned by the Scuola Grande di San Marco, and initially rejected, it is a complex and dynamic composition that helped establish Tintoretto's reputation. It is now in the Galleria dell'Accademia, Venice.

5.  Messrs Jones and Severn
Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898), painter and designer [more], and Arthur Severn (1842-1931), painter [more]. Burne-Jones appeared as a witness for Ruskin at the trial. Arthur Severn enlisted witnesses such as William Powell Frith (1819-1909), genre and landscape painter [more], on his behalf.