Date 1876-05-20
Publication Academy
Topic Water-Colour Society, second notice
AP display
RA display
Subject art
Keywords water-colours
  ↳ landscapes
Standards PRB aesthetic standards
  ↳ relative merit
Notes Carlyle, Tennyson
  ↳ exhibit an "agreeable mediocrity."

Annotation details

76 May 20 Academy


Water-Colour Society.


Rossetti, William M. "The Water-Colour Society." Academy (May 20, 1876): 494. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.


Although Rossetti claims that the exhibition has "little matter of salient interest," there is nonetheless "an ordinary stock of agreeable mediocrity," of which he will take but brief notice. Thomas Carlyle is mentioned in that Allingham doesn't capture the explicit image set forth in the Thomas Carlyle quote.

Rossetti faults Gilbert's addition of unneeded characters to a scene derived from Tennyson, citing that flaw as a recurrence of a similar flaw marring Gilbert's previously displayed "Joan of Arc."

He finds that Mrs. Allingham has the most agreeable work, one that will be appreciated by "the most cultivated" observers. Rossetti lists several works with only briefly descriptive terms, then tapers his critique to simple mentions of artists and works on display.





Standards of Judgment:

Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic standards

Rhetoric and tone:

evaluative, definitive


Mrs. Allingham, MacBeth, Sir John Gilbert, Tennyson, Thomas Carlyle