The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06763
Date: [c. December 1878/January 1879][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W757
Document Type: AN

"Whistler v. Ruskin[2]

For the "fin mot[3] and spirit of this matter", see below


"Sans rancune[4]"

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1.  [c. December 1878/January 1879]
This note dates from after the hearing of the libel case of Whistler v. Ruskin, at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878, and was probably written in preparation for the publication of Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878. See also note below on 'sans rancune'.

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

3.  fin mot
Fr., last word.

4.  Sans rancune
Fr., without malice. This phrase is a feature of JW's correspondence with Thomas ('Tom') Taylor (1817-1880), civil servant, dramatist, art critic, and editor of Punch from 1874-1880 [more], in January 1879 (see #05660-64), and possibly links this document with him.