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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13737
Date: 14 November 1878
Author: Walker Martineau and Company[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: PD/Ms[2]


1877. - W. - NO. 818
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE.
Queen's Bench DIVISION.

'15'

BETWEEN
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
PLAINTIFF
AND
John Ruskin[3]
DEFENDANT

VICTORIA, BY THE GRACE OF GOD OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, QUEEN, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, TO James Abbott McNeill Whistler

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 Monday THE eighteenth 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; AND ALSO THAT YOU BRING WITH YOU AND PRODUCE AT THE TIME AND PLACE AFORESAID
the following pictures painted by you and exhibited at the Summer Exhibition[4] of the Grosvenor Gallery in 1877 and described in the Catalogue as - Nocturne in Black and Gold - Arrangement in Black No. 3 Irving as Philip the II of Spain - Harmony in Amber and Black, Arrangement in Brown
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 Defendant

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[5] BARON Earl CAIRNS, LORD HIGH CHANCELLOR OF GREAT BRITAIN, AT WESTMINSTER, THE fourteenth DAY OF November IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-eight

[p. 2] THIS WRIT WAS ISSUED BY
Walker Martineau & Co. of
13 Kings Road
Grays Inn
In the County of Middlesex
Solicitors for the Defendant


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Notes:

1.  Walker Martineau and Company
Solicitors for John Ruskin.

2.  PD/Ms
Other summonses related to this one appear at #11946, #13283, #13735-36, 13738.

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

4.  Summer Exhibition
JW exhibited seven oils at the 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877 (cat. nos. 5, 6A, 6, 4, 8, 9 and one ex. cat). These were Nocturne in Blue and Silver (YMSM 113), Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge (YMSM 140) as 'Nocturne in Blue and Silver', Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Westminster Bridge (YMSM 145), Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170), Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181) as 'Harmony in Amber and Black', Arrangement in Brown (YMSM 182) and Arrangement in Black, No. 3: Sir Henry Irving as Philip II of Spain (YMSM 187). Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137), was exhibited in the entrance gallery (ex. cat.). Several of these were produced as evidence at the Westminster Palace Hotel during the Whistler v. Ruskin' trial. They included Nocturne in Blue and Silver (YMSM 113), Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137), Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge (YMSM 140), Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170) and Arrangement in Brown (YMSM 182).

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