Documents associated with: Art and Art Critics
Record 5 of 35
System Number: 08731
Date: [10 August 1878]
Recipient: James Anderson Rose
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 4/6
Document Type: ALS
My dear Rose -
Of all things I should so like to come and dine with you on Sunday - but I am afraid I cannot manage it - Also Wills - and William Rossetti I want so much to meet again - Be sure and say for me all sorts [of] things to them [p. 2] and tell William Rossetti he must come and see me -
I must meet you soon and shall come down to you - in Salisbury St. There is news from the Ruskin Camp -
With kindest regards to Mrs Rose
J A McN. Whistler
"The White House"
Tite Street -
Chelsea Embankment -
[p. 3] 'Whistler recd. 10 Augt 1878
Whistler v Ruskin
1. [10 August 1878]
Dated from note about date of receipt on p. 3.
5. Ruskin Camp
This relates to JW's forthcoming libel case against John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more]. The case was in response to Ruskin's criticism of JW's works in his periodical Fors Clavigera. On 2 July 1877, he accused JW of 'flinging a pot of paint in the public's face' in a review of the I Summer Exhibition of the Grosvenor Gallery, London. See Ruskin, John, 'Letter the Seventy-ninth' Fors Clavigera, 2 July 1877, pp. 181-213. However, during the spring and summer of 1878, Ruskin suffered recurrent bouts of mental illness. This stalled proceedings to bring the case to trial several times. By June, Ruskin's solicitors claimed that Ruskin was still unfit to attend court and it was agreed that a hearing should take place during the Michaelmas sittings which began in November (see H. J. Hodgson to James Anderson Rose, #11765). JW may had just heard further news about the trial hearing.
7. 'Whistler recd ... Ruskin 4'
Written on separate sheet in another hand. The '4' is circled.