|Standards||PRB aesthetic standards|
|Notes||Suggests 3 rather than 1 head model for Macbeth.|
1877 December 8 Academy
Rossetti, William M. "The Water-Colour Society." Academy (December 8, 1877): 537. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.
Rossetti states that despite lacking any works of a "rare calibre," the exhibition is nonetheless one he looked through "with more than ordinary liking." He disputes the exhibition's official description as "sketches and studies" because he finds the collection filled mostly with completed works to at least the same proportions as the summer exhibition.
He calls the figure-subjects by Marsh and Rossetti's Cheyne Walk associate Alma-Tadema the best in the collection, discussing them briefly. He discusses Macbeth extensively, suggesting he would do better if he used more than one female head, saying it would improve Macbeth's portraiture to employ two or three different models instead of just the one he typically uses.
There is mention and brief discussion of Gilbert and Watson, then an extensive "mention" section of artists' names and their associated work with little or no discussion.
Standards of Judgment:
Rhetoric and tone:
Rossetti, William Michael. Some Reminiscences of William Michael Rossetti. Vol. 2. New York: Charles Scribner, 1906. Print.