The Water-Colour Society
|Topic||The Water-Colour Society|
|Keywords||15th Winter Exhib. Of Sketches & Studies|
|Standards||PRB aesthetic standards|
|Notes||". . . a good deal to like, and not much to denounce."|
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.
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