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System Number: 12096
Date: 28 October 1878
Author: Walker Martineau & Co[1]
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS

'Walker[3] & Co. 28 Oct 1878.'

13 Kings Road, Grays Inn
W. C.

28th October 1878.

Dear Sir,

Ruskin ats. Whistler

Referring to our interview this morning we think it as well to send you a list of the Pictures exhibited[4] by Mr Whistler and which we wish to have an opportunity of inspecting[5] prior to and to have produced at the trial.

We will call on you tomorrow at 11.

We remain,
Yours faithfully

Walker Martineau & Co

J. Anderson Rose Esqre

[p. 2] Pictures exhibited by Mr Whistler in the Summer Exhibition of the Grosvenor Gallery 1877. -

1. Nocturne in Black and Gold[6].
2. Nocturne[7] in Blue and Silver.
3. Nocturne in Blue and Gold[8].
4. Nocturne in Blue and Silver[9]
5. Arrangement in Black No. 3 Irving[10] as Philip II of Spain.
6. Harmony[11] in Amber and Black
7. Arrangement[12] in Brown.

'200 gs[13]' [several other illegible words]

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1.  Walker Martineau & Co
Solicitors for John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more].

2.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

3.  Walker ... 1878
Note written at right-angles in J. A. Rose's hand on far left side of page.

4.  exhibited
This concerns the forthcoming trial of Whistler v Ruskin. JW was invited to exhibit at the inaugural 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877. However, on 2 July 1877, Ruskin accused JW of 'flinging a pot of paint in the public's face' in his review of the Grosvenor exhibition. It was this review by Ruskin in his periodical Fors Clavigera which prompted JW to bring a libel suit against him. See Ruskin, John, 'Letter the Seventy-ninth' Fors Clavigera, 2 July 1877, pp. 181-213.

5.  inspecting
The pictures were viewed by Ruskin's counsel on 16 November (see JW to J. E. Boehm, #11985).

6.  Nocturne in Black and Gold
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170).

7.  Nocturne in Blue and Silver
Nocturne in Blue and Silver (YMSM 113).

8.  Nocturne in Blue and Gold
Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Westminster Bridge (YMSM 145).

9.  Nocturne in Blue and Silver
Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge (YMSM 140).

10.  Arrangement in Black No. 3 Irving as Philip II of Spain
Arrangement in Black, No. 3: Sir Henry Irving as Philip II of Spain (YMSM 187).

11.  Harmony in Amber and Black
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181).

12.  Arrangement in Brown
Arrangement in Brown (YMSM 182).

13.  '200 gs'
Written in JW's hand in left margin.