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System Number: 11950
Date: [6 November 1878][1]
Author: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: London
Recipient: Walker Martineau and Company[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: MsDd


1877. W. No. 818.

In the High Court of Justice
Queens Bench Division

'834'[4]

Whistler
- v. -
Ruskin[5]

Interrogatories and Answers thereto.

Walker Martineau & Coy

[p. 2] 1877. W. No. 818.
In the High Court of Justice
Queens Bench Division

Between James Abbott McNeill Whistler . . . . . . Plaintiff
and
John Ruskin . . . . . Defendant

[The following paragraphs are presented in two columns, the one on the left headed 'Interrogatories' and the one on the right headed 'Answers']

[on left] 1. Were the following Pictures painted by you or any and which of them exhibited by you or by some other person or persons at the Summer Exhibition at the Grosvenor Gallery in the year 1877.

1. Nocturne in Black and Gold
2. Nocturne in Blue and Silver
3. Nocturne in Blue and Gold.
4. Nocturne in Blue and Silver
5. Arrangement in Black No. 3
   Irving as Philip II of Spain
6. Harmony in Amber and Black
7. Arrangement in Brown.

If exhibited by any other person or persons state the name and address or the names and addresses of such person or persons - Where else have the said Pictures been exhibited and when.

[on right:] 1. All the said pictures were painted by me and exhibited by me at the said Exhibition. No. 3 Nocturne in Blue and Gold was exhibited by me at the Dudley Gallery Piccadilly about 1875 or 1876 and one of the Nocturnes in Blue and Silver at No. 48 Pall Mall about 1874 or 1875. I have on various occasions exhibited Pictures in Paris and other places and on some occasions may have so exhibited some of the said pictures. I say that I am unable further to answer the first Interrogatory.

[on left:] 2. Were any other Pictures painted by you exhibited at the said Exhibition? If so give the names or descriptions of the same - Where else have the same or any of them been exhibited and when.

[on right:] 2. At the said Exhibition I also exhibited one other picture painted by me such picture is a Portrait of Thomas Carlyle. The said picture was also exhibited by me some 3 or 4 years ago at an exhibition at 48 Pall Mall.

[p. 3, on left:] 3. State with regard to each of the pictures by you exhibited by you [sic] as aforesaid whether the same was then for sale and if so what price was asked by you.

[on right:] 3. Of the said pictures No. 1 only was then for sale and the price asked by me was 200 Guineas.

[on left:] 4. Have any and which of the said Pictures so exhibited been sold and when and to whom and for what price.

[on right] 4. No. 2 Was sent by me to Mr. Graham about 1877 in lieu of a picture which he had given me a Commission to paint for 150 guineas No. 3 was sold to the Honble Percy Windham [sic] about 1875 or 1876 for 200 guineas.

[on left] 5. State with regard to each of the pictures exhibited by you or by such other person or persons as aforesaid at the said Summer Exhibition at the said Gallery in the year 1877 in whose possession and at what place the same to the best of your knowledge and belief now is? Also where each was when you last heard of it.

[on right] 5. At the last time when I was aware where they were Nos 1 and 7 were in the possession of Mrs Noseda No. 109 Strand No. 2 in the possession of Mr Graham Grosvenor Place W. No. 3 in the possession of Mr Graham the Honble Percy Windham 44 Belgrave Square W. No. 4 in the possession of Mrs Leyland 44 Princes Gate Hyde Park W. and to the best of my belief they are still in their possession No. 5 is in my own possession and No. 6 is in my possession but has been painted over by me since the Exhibition.

[p. 4; text from here rejoins in one column]

1877. W. No. 818.
In the High Court of Justice
Queens Bench Division

Between. James Abbott McNeill Whistler . . . Plaintiff
- and -
John Ruskin . . Defendant

Interrogatories to be answered by the Plaintiff by Affidavit in writing pursuant to the Order of [blank space]

1. Were the following Pictures painted by you or any and which of them exhibited by you or by some other person or persons at the Summer Exhibition at the Grosvenor Gallery in the year 1877

1. Nocturne in black and gold
2. Nocturne in blue and silver
3. Nocturne in blue and gold
4. Nocturne in blue and silver
5. Arrangement in black No. 3
   Irving as Philip II of Spain
6. Harmony in amber and black
7. Arrangement in brown

If exhibited by any other person or person state the name and address or the names and addresses of such person or persons - Where else have the said pictures been exhibited and when?

2. Were any other pictures painted by you exhibited, at the said Exhibition. If so give the names or descriptions of the same. Where else have the same or any of them been [p. 5] exhibited and when.

3. State with regard to each of the pictures by you exhibited as aforesaid whether the same was then for Sale and if so what price was asked by you.

4. Have any and which of the said pictures so exhibited been sold and when and to whom and for what price.

5. State with regard to each of the Pictures exhibited by you or by such other person or persons as aforesaid at the said Summer Exhibition at the said Gallery in the year 1877 in whose possession and at what place the same to the best of your knowledge and belief now is - Also where each was when you last heard of it.

[p. 6] 1877. W. No. 818.

In the High Court of Justice
Queen's Bench Division

'41'[6]

Whistler
- v -
Ruskin
Interrogatories

Fos 5.

Walker Martineau & Coy


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Notes:

1.  [6 November 1878]
This is one of several drafts (#11950, #12065 and #12066) of a document dated 6 November 1878 (see #13279 for full annotations).

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

3.  Walker Martineau and Company
Solicitors representing Ruskin. The case of Whistler v. Ruskin was heard at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878.

4.  '834'
Circled, probably written by J. A. Rose.

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

6.  '41'
Circled, probably written by J. A. Rose.