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System Number: 12178
Date: 15 March 1875
Author: John Perry Godfrey[1]
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC K6
Document Type: MsD[3]

In the Exchequer of Pleas

Griffith Particulars of claim under 1st count of Declaration


Messrs Rose & Thomas
11 Salisbury Street

J. Perry Godfrey
6 South Square
Gray's Inn
Plaintiff's Attorney

[p. 2] In the Exchequer of Pleas

Between Edward Clifton Griffith[4]
James A Mac Neil [sic] Whistler

The following are the particulars of the plaintiff's claim under the first Court of the declaration herein delivered pursuant to the order[5] of Master George Pollock[6] dated the 6th day of March instant -

To damage done to the Interior of the Flemish Gallery[7] No. 48 Pall Mall and to the Walls and fixtures thereof and for repairing of same and also repairing Water Closet and General Repairs also cleansing[,] Papering, Hanging Cloth and Mending Windows at the said Gallery. £20.2.0


Dated this 15th day of March 1875.

Yours &c

J. Perry Godfrey

6 South Square
Gray's Inn
Plaintiff's Attorney

Messrs Rose & Thomas
11 Salisbury Street
Defendant's attorneys or agents

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1.  John Perry Godfrey
John Perry Godfrey (b. 1832), solicitor for E. C. Griffith [more].

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

3.  MsD
'84' written in another hand in top left-hand corner of pp. 1 and 2.

4.  Edward Clifton Griffith
A reference to JW's dispute with Capt. Edward Clifton Griffith, gallery landlord [more], over the Flemish Gallery which JW had leased from Griffith for a year in January 1874 in order to show his works (Mr Whistler's Exhibition, Flemish Gallery, Pall Mall, London, 1874). On 29 January 1875, whilst JW was in Liverpool, Griffith took legal proceedings against him, claiming back rent and costs of repair to the gallery (E. C. Griffith to JW, #12140). See also other correspondence between JW and E. C. Griffith between 20 and 30 January 1875 (#01603, #1144, #11442, #11444, #11445, #12145, #12148, #12154, #12165).

5.  order
See Griffith v. Whistler, #12177.

6.  George Pollock
George Pollock, court clerk in the case of Griffith v. Whistler.

7.  Flemish Gallery
JW's dispute with Griffith centred on his decision to redecorate the interior of the gallery, removing the original maroon cloth on the walls and replacing it with his own scheme of primrose, pink-grey and brown distemper. Griffith maintained that JW was liable for the reinstatement of the entire original decorative scheme (E. C. Griffith to JW, #12154). JW would only accept liability for the rehanging of the maroon cloth (#11442).