Date 1876-06-03
Publication Academy
Topic Royal Academy, fourth notice
AP display
RA display
Subject art
Keywords Water-colour
  ↳ Animal
  ↳ Etch/Engr
  ↳ Sculpture
Standards PRB aesthetics
  ↳ comparative merit
Notes PRB artists, sculpture = highlight of exhibition.

Annotation details

76 June 3 Academy


Royal Academy Exhibition, fourth notice.


Rossetti, William M. "The Royal Academy." Academy (June 3, 1876): 213. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.


Rossetti proceeds with little detail and only minor comments and mentions of the "Animal Pictures, then moves to "Water-Colours," commenting more extensively on Mrs. Stillman's portrait work, referencing it to a Boccaccio couplet and questioning part of the strategy. He mentions that the water-colour display is small but interesting, moves to "Crayons" and mentions only Mr. Frederick Sandys, a Cheyne Walk stalwart (320), then on to "Etchings and Engravings," making a wide range of mentions but little critique.

Within the "Sculpture," Rossetti finds what he terms the highlight of the exhibition in the work of Alfred Stevens, which he says belongs in the collection of the year's best Academy art with that of Sir John Everett Millais, Sir Frederick Leighton and Sir Edward John Poynter. He spends the remainder of the notice and the bulk of this essay discussing the sculpture.




RA Exhibition, Animals, etchings, watercolors, sculpture

Standards of Judgment:

Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic standards

Rhetoric and tone:

evaluative, definitive


Stillman, Frederick Sandys, Stevens, Sir John Everett Millais, Sir Frederick Leighton, Sir Edward John Poynter

Works Cited

Rossetti, William Michael. Some Reminiscences of William Michael Rossetti. Vol. 2. New York: Charles Scribner, 1906. Print.