Date 1876-12-02
Publication Academy
Topic Society of British Artists, second notice
AP display
RA display
Subject art
Keywords landscapes
  ↳ figures
  ↳ still-lifes
  ↳ watercolors
Standards PRB aesthetic standards
  ↳ merit
Notes "Carlyean countenance."

Annotation details

76 December 2 Academy


Society of British Artists, second notice.


Rossetti, William M. "The Society of British Artists." Academy (December 2, 1876): 230. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.


This is a comparatively brief notice with little analysis in which Rossetti proposes to conclude his review of the exhibition, focusing on figure-pictures, landscapes, still-life and watercolors-although in the last category, he mentions only two paintings.

Rossetti mentions how the countenance of Thomas Carlyle is conjured by one image: "Miss C.J. Weeks, Fourscore Years and Ten, a head of an aged gentleman (far less aged-looking, however, than his years might suggest), of a somewhat Thomas Carlylean cast of countenance."

Most of the remainder of the review is mere mention with very little follow-on discussion or analysis.




Society of British Artists, figure pictures, landscapes, watercolors, still-lifes

Standards of Judgment:

Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic standards

Rhetoric and tone:



Thomas Carlyle, Cloud, Walker, Carr, Weeks