The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12058
Date: [December 1878?][1]
Author: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: [unknown]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: MsD

Extracts from evidence
A Moore
Also particularly
B Jones[4]

[p. 2] Extracts from Newspapers
(especially the Daily News[5])

Almost every Newspaper after abusing Mr W proceeds to set upon Ruskin[6] & complain of the terms he used in reference to W

From this part of every Newspaper Articles most important extracts can may be made for our purpose

[p. 3] '98[7]'


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1.  [December 1878?]
The case of Whistler v. Ruskin was heard at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878. These notes were meant to form the basis for an appeal to raise money to cover JW's costs, following a similar appeal launched by the Fine Art Society at the end of November (see #11688). The parallel attempt on JW's behalf failed. Fuller annotation is in #12007.

2.  James Anderson Rose
This document passed with JW's legal papers to James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

3.  Rossetti
Witnesses called for JW were William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), civil servant and critic [more]; Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893), painter [more]; and William Gorman Wills (1828-1891), playwright and painter [more] (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).

4.  B Jones
Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898), painter and designer [more]. He was embarassed by having to appear on Ruskin's behalf, for which JW never forgave him (Merrill, Linda, A Pot of Paint: Aesthetics on Trial in 'Whistler v. Ruskin', Washington and London, 1992, pp. 171-76).

5.  Daily News
The Daily News, 21 July 1877, commented that Ruskin 'has spoken with excessive severity about Mr Whistler.' This was mentioned during the Whistler v Ruskin trial (see Statement of Claim, 19 November 1877, #12074).

6.  Ruskin
John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more]; his libel of JW appeared in Ruskin, John, 'Letter the Seventy-ninth' Fors Clavigera, 2 July 1877, pp. 181-213.

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