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A Farthing for a Butterfly


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1 I never expected to hear a coxcomb ask 200 guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face.' (JOHN RUSKIN ) 'What greater sarcasm can Mr Ruskin pass upon himself than that he preaches to young men what he cannot perform? '
One hundred years ago this week, Whistler sued
Ruskin for libel over his criticism of Nocturne in Black and Gold - The Falling Rocket when it was exhibited in London at the ' Greenery-yallery Grosvenor Gallery '. The two-day trial was a tragicomedy which emphasised the breach that was being driven between the avant-garde artist and the public - a breach which has continued to this day.
The story is told by Eleanor Bron , with David March as Whistler John Franklyn-Robbins as Ruskin and Julian Glover as The Attorney General Other parts played by: PETER WILLIAMS , HAROLD KASKET , PHILIP SULLY , GAVIN CAMPBELL , TIMOTHY BATESON , ANDREW BRANCH, ROY SPENCER, GREGORY DE POLNAY, BRUCE BEEBY , BILL MONKS and MALCOLM GERARD.
(Julian Glover is a member of the RSO


Unknown: John Ruskin
Unknown: Mr Ruskin
Unknown: McNeill Whistler
Told By: Eleanor Bron
Unknown: David March
Unknown: Whistler John Franklyn-Robbins
Unknown: Julian Glover
Played By: Peter Williams
Played By: Harold Kasket
Played By: Philip Sully
Played By: Gavin Campbell
Played By: Timothy Bateson
Unknown: Bruce Beeby
Unknown: Malcolm Gerard.
Written By: David Thompson
Producer: Patricia Brent
Unknown: Julian Glover

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A Farthing for a Butterfly

BBC Radio 4 FM, 28 November 1978 20.00

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