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78 Apr 20 Academy
Rossetti, William M. "The Water-Colour Institute." The Academy (1878): 353. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.
Rossetti first notes that the wall background scheme for the exhibition is "depressingly flimsy," although there is "a moderate proportion of sound and approvable work," ranking the exhibition in his estimation to be "not much below the average."
He lists the primary strength of the exhibition as related to the works of Wolf, Linton, Gow and Aumoner. He reviews the work of each, but mostly in narrative comments illustrating the work for readers rather than analytic discussion of means, scheme, execution and effect.
In Linton's work, Rossetti notes the success of narration in the dramatic picture which, through Linton's execution, tells a story. Linton was listed among Rossetti's Cheyne Walk associates (Reminiscences 2:326).
The review concludes with a dense section of mentions of artists and works with little or no critical commentary.
Standards of Judgment:
Rhetoric and tone:
Rossetti, William Michael. Some Reminiscences of William Michael Rossetti. Vol. 2. New York: Charles Scribner, 1906. Print.