78 March 9 Academy
Dudley Gallery March 1878.
Rossetti, William M. "The Exhibition." Academy (March 9, 1878): 219. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.
Very brief comments point out that the present exhibition is substandard compared with previous Dudley exhibitions and that there is little of interest or lasting value in this collection.
Rossetti focuses on his usual gallery elements: first an overall impression of the collection (not favorable in this case), then general qualitative comments regarding the overall achievement of aesthetic authenticity (low in this case); a reference for gallery visitors to prepare themselves for the experience, mentioning what is done well, then general comments from work to work in the exhibition.
Standards of Judgment:
"Nothing to wear,"-or at any rate next to nothing-might be the verdict on the present exhibition . . ." ". . . and nothing that one can wear in the memory or the feeling as a permanent possession;" "a little more crispness of handling were to be desired . . ."