Date 1876-05-13
Publication Academy
Topic Royal Academy, second notice
AP display
RA display
Subject art
Keywords RA exhib.
  ↳ figures
  ↳ oriental
Standards PRB aesthetic standards
  ↳ relative merit
Notes Extensive commentary: fault-finding, sub-standard.

Annotation details

76 May 13 Academy


Royal Academy Exhibition, second notice.


Rossetti, William M. "The Royal Academy." Academy (May 13, 1876): 465. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.


Rossetti continues with Miscellaneous Figure Subjects, proclaiming Wallis's work to be the best in the exhibition, and he offers descriptive commentary, then comparative evaluation of the work to the artist's body of work and occasionally, to the body of work comprising the genre.

Several names that recur in Rossetti reviews are discussed in this exhibition with brief descriptive and comparative comments. The description is more extensive elaborate than what normally comprises a Rossetti review, and the pattern here is notice, explanation, fault-finding, as most of the subjects he finds either flawed or sub-par.

This type and level of commentary covers the oriental Subjects as well. Rossetti concludes with a section of mentions of names and works with no discussion.


critical, journalistic


Royal Academy exhibition, Figure Subjects, oriental works

Standards of Judgment:

Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic standards

Rhetoric and tone:



Wallis, John Pettie, Crowe, Potts, Morris, Philip H. Calderon