Date 1877-12-08
Publication Academy
Topic Water-Colour Society
AP display
RA display
Subject art
Keywords water-colours
  ↳ figures
  ↳ landscapes
Standards PRB aesthetic standards
Notes Suggests 3 rather than 1 head model for Macbeth.

Annotation details

1877 December 8 Academy


Water-Color Society.


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.




Water-Colour Society, figures, landscapes

Standards of Judgment:

Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic standards

Rhetoric and tone:



Andrews, Alma-Tadema, Marsh, Millet, Macbeth, Gilbert, Watson

Works Cited

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