Date 1876-12-16
Publication Academy
Topic The Water-Colour Society
AP display
RA display
Subject art
Keywords 15th Winter Exhib. Of Sketches & Studies
Standards PRB aesthetic standards
  ↳ merit
Notes ". . . a good deal to like, and not much to denounce."

Annotation details

76 December 16 Academy


The Water-Colour Society.


Rossetti, William M. "The Water-Colour Society." Academy (December 16, 1876): 241. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.


Rossetti gives the exhibition modest praise, finding much that appeals to the eye, yet nothing that "reaches a high level of satisfaction after a more deliberate inspection." But, he continues, "There is a good deal to like and not much to denounce."

Most of the review description is in a positive mode ("elevated style and fine-handed draughtmanship") but there is little in depth discussion and critique. Rather, there is mainly mention of names and listing of works with minor comments on effectiveness and value.

Despite the lack of discussion or detail, the "mentions" are dominated by familiar PRB-movement names: Watson, Hunt, Gilbert, George Arthur Fripp, and Goodwin.

Rossetti states that the review "does not carry us so much as half through the exhibition" and promises to return to it in a second notice.




Water-Colour Society, positive review, brief

Standards of Judgment:

Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic standards

Rhetoric and tone:



Hunt, Goodwin, White, Sir John Gilbert, George Arthur Fripp, Watson