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A pot of paint : aesthetics on trial in Whistler v Ruskin, Linda Merrill

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A pot of paint : aesthetics on trial in Whistler v Ruskin
Title
A pot of paint
Title remainder
aesthetics on trial in Whistler v Ruskin
Statement of responsibility
Linda Merrill
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A Pot of Paint reconstructs the lost transcript and revisits the highly contested issues surrounding one of the most celebrated trials in the history of art. A libel suit brought in the London courts by American expatriate artist James McNeill Whistler against John Ruskin, England's most powerful art critic, the trial was essentially a debate of aesthetic theory conducted at a critical hour in the evolution of modern art. After viewing an 1877 exhibition that included some of Whistler's most abstract works, Ruskin declared in print that the artist had flung "a pot of paint in the public's face." He called Whistler a "coxcomb" and said that it was the height of "cockney impudence" to ask two hundred guineas for a painting such as Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket. The dispute was fully covered in the popular press. Using those newspaper accounts, as well as letters, legal papers, Ruskin's instructions to his counsel, and Whistler's later rendition of events in The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, Linda Merrill reveals the deeply held, contrary aesthetic ideals of the two parties, and shows that, in many ways, the real litigants in Whistler v. Ruskin were traditional, representational art and art that tended toward abstraction. During eighteen months of pretrial delays and two days of testimony from Whistler and several well-known figures in the art world, London debated the value and the meaning of art. A Pot of Paint retrieves these debates for a society that continues to argue the merits of innovation in art and the place of art in the modern world
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DLC
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1959-
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Merrill, Linda
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Whistler, James McNeill
  • Ruskin, John
  • Whistler, James McNeill
  • Whistler, James McNeill
  • Trials (Libel)
Label
A pot of paint : aesthetics on trial in Whistler v Ruskin, Linda Merrill
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 405-407) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Milo C. Beach -- pt. 1. The Libel. The Palace of Art. Whistler's Work. Ruskin's Review. Bringing Suit. Plaintiff's Strategy. The Defense. Final Arrangements -- pt. 2. The Trial. Introduction. Plaintiff's Case. Defendant's Case. Summations. Jury Instructions. Verdict -- pt. 3. The Verdict. Cause Celebre. The Losing Side. The Value of a Nocturne. Figures of Speech. Objets d'Art. Art and Art Critics. Matters of Opinion. Consequences and Costs. Epilogue -- Appendix A: Ruskin's Instructions to Defense Counsel -- Appendix B: Burne-Jones's Statement to Defense Counsel -- Appendix C: Source Notes to Whistler v. Ruskin
Control code
23355994
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 419 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of color plates
Isbn
9781560981015
Lccn
91010802
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1434352
Label
A pot of paint : aesthetics on trial in Whistler v Ruskin, Linda Merrill
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 405-407) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Milo C. Beach -- pt. 1. The Libel. The Palace of Art. Whistler's Work. Ruskin's Review. Bringing Suit. Plaintiff's Strategy. The Defense. Final Arrangements -- pt. 2. The Trial. Introduction. Plaintiff's Case. Defendant's Case. Summations. Jury Instructions. Verdict -- pt. 3. The Verdict. Cause Celebre. The Losing Side. The Value of a Nocturne. Figures of Speech. Objets d'Art. Art and Art Critics. Matters of Opinion. Consequences and Costs. Epilogue -- Appendix A: Ruskin's Instructions to Defense Counsel -- Appendix B: Burne-Jones's Statement to Defense Counsel -- Appendix C: Source Notes to Whistler v. Ruskin
Control code
23355994
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 419 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of color plates
Isbn
9781560981015
Lccn
91010802
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1434352

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