James Anderson Rose was Whistler's solicitor.
Rose was a solicitor, as well as a major print collector, confidant, and friend of artists, including Whistler and Rossetti. He owned The Sleeper m0309 and Sleeping woman m0310, and had a magnificent collection of Whistler's etchings. An exhibition of his collection toured the country, going to Liverpool, Newcastle and Birmingham, in 1874.
His offices were at 11 Salisbury Street, Strand; he lived at Wandsworth Common.
Merrill, Linda, A Pot of Paint: Aesthetics on Trial in 'Whistler v. Ruskin', Washington and London, 1992 ; Macleod, Dianne Sachko, Art and the Victorian Middle Class: Money and the Making of Cultural Identity, Cambridge, 1996 , pp. 469-470.