Date 1877-03-24
Publication Academy
Topic Suffolk Street Gallery, second notice
AP display
RA display
Subject art
Keywords Suffolk Street
  ↳ landscape
  ↳ figures
Standards PRB aesthetics
  ↳ relative merit
Notes Hanging gripe.

Annotation details

77 March 24 Academy


Suffolk Street Gallery Landscapes, Animals.


Rossetti, William M. "The Suffolk Street Gallery." Academy (March 24, 1877): 257. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.


Rossetti pronounces the exhibition to have many landscapes, but none of them exceptional. He focuses on five exhibitors, analyzing what they attempt and how they fall short. The discussion extends to basic description of the landscape, then one or two comments regarding whatever component Rossetti noted and how that component was effective or, more likely, fell short of both expectations and Rossetti's notion of excellence. In many cases, he adds a comparative note of relative merit in comparison to a standard, to another artist's work, or to other work by the same artist.

There is a hanging complaint ("unjustly and ignorantly dealt") stating that hanging a particular art piece "out of sight" did not do justice to the artist or the work.

There is a brief section on Animal Pictures with only general comments and mentions.

Water-colours are proclaimed to be more than thirty-percent of the total works in the exhibition (311 watercolors) but account for a much smaller percentage of the critical review. The works are treated with brief mentions of names and qualitative comments only. The review closes with an extensive listing of names.




Suffolk Street Gallery, landscapes, water-colours, animals

Standards of Judgment:

Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic standards

Rhetoric and tone:



Knight, Meyer, Lawson, Percy, Woolmer