Date 1876-12-23
Publication Academy
Topic The Water-Colour Society, second notice
AP display
RA display
Subject art
Keywords single figs.
  ↳ landscape
  ↳ water-colours
Standards PRB aesthetic standards
Notes Mrs. Allingham one of few females who can do any art medium .

Annotation details

76 December 23 Academy


The Water-Colour Society, second notice.


Rossetti, William M. "The Water-Colour Society." Academy (December 23, 1876): 242. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.


Rossetti cites five painters, then goes through brief analysis of their figure paintings. He singles out Mrs. Allingham as "one of the comparatively few female artists who can execute with perfection whatever she chooses to undertake in painting." Familiar PRB-movement names dominate, including Shields, Duncan, Watson, Moore, Hunt, and Alma-Tadema, whom Rossetti considered one of his inner circle of Cheyne Walk associates (323).

He dismisses the rest of the landscapes, saying "we need hardly dwell on the rest," finding very few standouts, and those he had already discussed in the first notice. He mentions the absence of Hunt and Boyce, stating that they leave a gap "which none of their colleagues can exactly fill in."




Water-colour society, single figures, landscapes, watercolors

Standards of Judgment:

Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic standards

Rhetoric and tone:



Mrs. Allingham, Alma-Tadema, Holman Hunt, Boyce

Works Cited

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