The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877
Record 17 of 119

System Number: 12061
Date: [6 December 1877/18 November 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: PD

In the High Court of Justice
Queens Bench Division

6 December 1877


Retainer for Plaintiff

Mr Serjeant Parry[5]
[1 Gna?]

W. 912. 6. 12. 77

J. Anderson Rose
11 Salisbury Street
Strand Plts Sol[icito]r

[p. 2] 18 Nov 1878
Monday morning


Mr McCreary[7]

Whistler V. Ruskin is in the Lords Justice's Court Special Jury in the Common Pleas division

Bring down the original letters of Walker Martineau & Co[8] and our letterbook or books having copies of my letters

Also my entry book and your entry book

Read their letter recd. this morning and bring it with you[,] see that their letter of the 9th [inst?] is with the letters

[p. 3][9]
[Wood & line for Panel?]
Do for Proof

[Written & Rude?]
[Notice to Pay off My?]
[Write Hand & Co?]

[Paget to Disclose?]
[Instn & Monta?]

[p. 4] J. E. [Boehm[10]] Esq ARA
[illegible word] Avenue"
Fulham Road

Albert Moore[11] Esqre


Matthew Elden[13]. Esq
14. Mallison Road
Battersea Rise

Algernon Graves[14] Esqre
Pall Mall
S. W

Buggian Buggianni[15]
6 Oxford Street

Charles Augustus Howell[16] Esqre
Chaldon House
[illegible word] Fulham

William [Nes]field[17] Esqre
19 Margaret Street
Cavendish Square

[p. 5] In the High Court of J[ustice]
Q[ueen's] B[ench] Division



J. A. Rose

[p. 6] Whistler[18] 18th
Expenses 18/6
Do 18/2

[p. 7] '95[20]'


Whistler }  Advice
      v     }     on
Ruskin   }  Evidence

J. Anderson Rose
11 Salisbury Street
Strand W. C

[p. 8] Graham's[21] picture
Battersea bridge
150 Gnas [Guineas]

Mrs Leylands picture
The river
not sold but given away

not for sale

A sketch,
not for sale

Mrs Percy Wyndham's picture

One only for sale
marked for sale

One whole length of a lady
brought by Mr. Noseda
but not produced by the Def[endan]t

[p. 9] '106[22]'

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1.  [6 December 1877/18 November 1878]
Two of these documents are dated and it is not clear if the notes are of the same date. All relate to the case of Whistler v. Ruskin, heard at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878.

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

3.  73
Written in another hand, in a circle. Documents kept by Rose were numbered according to the case or part of a case.

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

5.  Mr Serjeant Parry
John Humffrey Parry (1816-1880), Sergeant-at-law [more].

6.  55
Written in another hand.

7.  Mr McCreary
Probably Lawson James McCreary, clerk to the solicitor, J. A. Rose [more].

8.  Walker Martineau & Co
Lawyers for John Ruskin.

9.  [p. 3]
These notes are largely illegible and incomprehensible.

10.  Boehm
Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890), sculptor [more].

11.  Albert Moore
Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893), painter [more]. Moore, William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), civil servant and critic [more], and William Gorman Wills (1828-1891), playwright and painter [more], appeared as witnesses for JW. 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. 158-59 for that of Moore. None of the others mentioned on this page were called as witnesses.

12.  74
Written in another hand, in a circle.

13.  Matthew Elden
Matthew Robinson Elden (1839-1885), artist [more]. His name and address were added by JW.

14.  Algernon Graves
Algernon Graves (1845-1922), of H. Graves and Co., print dealers [more].

15.  Buggianni
Brazio Buggiani (b. ca 1818), picture restorer [more]. According to a letter from JW to Mrs Rawlinson (#08112), he was employed to varnish Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach (YMSM 119). See also #11895.

16.  Charles Augustus Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more].

17.  William [Nes]field
William Eden Nesfield (1835-1888), architect and designer [more].

18.  Whistler
This page probably records legal expenses incurred by JW.

19.  224
Written in another hand, in a circle.

20.  95
Written in another hand, in a circle.

21.  Graham's
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.). The owners were William Graham (1817-1885), MP and collector [more], Frances Leyland (1836-1910), née Dawson [more], Madeline Caroline Frances Eden Wyndham (1835-1920), née Campbell, artist [more] and Mrs Jane Noseda (b. 1813 or 1814), print dealer [more]. When constructing their case, JW, or his lawyer, apparently wanted to suggest that any unsold paintings were not actually for sale. However, the portrait of Carlyle, for instance, while not for sale technically, since it was on deposit with Graves as surety for a loan, was certainly for sale.

22.  106
Written in another hand.