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System Number: 08917
Date: [3/10 August 1877?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: AD



Irish Times[3] - Aug 3. 1877.

Sussex Daily News[4]. July 27.

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1.  [3/10 August 1877?]
The reviews cited date up to 3 August 1877.

2.  James Anderson Rose
This document was kept with JW's legal papers by James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more]. JW probably wrote it in his office when he was preparing to represent JW in the Whistler v. Ruskin trial, which was heard at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878.

3.  Irish Times
The anonymous writer of a column on 'Passing Events' in the Irish Times, 3 August 1877, noted that JW had sued John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more], for libel, and that this heralded 'war to the knife between the two painters'. All three of these press-cuttings were stuck onto one page of a press-cutting book by JW (GUL Whistler PC 3, p. 27).

4.  Sussex Daily News
A letter from 'A Lover of Art' to the Editor of the Sussex Daily News, published on 27 July 1877, deplored the action of 'a fellow artist', J. H. Scott, who sent libellous passages about JW from John Ruskin's Fors Clavigera to a weekly journal. A letter from an 'Inquirer', published the following day, said Scott had invited friends to see his (Scott's) drawings on exhibition at Mr. Fore's gallery in Piccadilly, and enquired whether he had had work rejected at the Royal Academy or Society of Painters in Watercolour. In a letter dated 27 July, Scott replied that did not regret drawing attention to the 'wilful eccentricities' of JW's 'Nocturnes in Silver and Gold' ('NOCTURNE IN SILVER AND GOLD', Sussex Daily News, 28 July 1877).