Date 1877-06-16
Publication Academy
Topic Royal Academy, fourth notice
AP display
RA display
Subject art
Keywords sculpture
  ↳ water-colours
Standards PRB aesthetic standards
  ↳ merit
Notes Leighton's sculpture best
  ↳ Coleridge/Poe
  ↳ Marie Antoinette

Annotation details

77 June 16 Academy


Royal Academy Exhibition, fourth notice.


Rossetti, William M. "The Royal Academy Exhibition." Academy (June 16, 1877): 539. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.


Rossetti pronounces Sir Frederick Leighton's sculpture to be the best of the exhibition and further, he finds it noteworthy that the sculpture was done by a painter. Rossetti discusses the statue and how it was planned, executed and the way in which it expresses the sculptor's intent.

Rossetti discusses a sculpture by Aimé-Jules Dalou in a similar manner, adding a side note regarding Rossetti's appraisal of Marie Antoinette's character. He also discusses Thomas Woolner's exhibited statuary, then proceeds to Water-Colours. In that section, he uses a comparison to Poe contrasted with Coleridge to illustrate a point about painting. There is a further section of essentially mentions only of water-colour artists and their works without critical discussion.




Royal Academy Exhibition, sculpture, water-colours, Coleridge, Poe

Standards of Judgment:

Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic standards

Rhetoric and tone:



Sir Frederick Leighton, Thomas Woolner, Aimé-Jules Dalou, Stillman, Samuel Coleridge, Edgar Allen Poe