Date 1875-03-27
Publication Academy
Topic The Linnell exhibition
AP display
RA display
Subject art
Keywords Linnell
  ↳ Pall Mall
  ↳ E.T. White
Standards PRB aesthetic standards
  ↳ exhib. Stds.
Notes Criticizes inclusion of "trade-interest" works
  ↳ photography compared.

Annotation details

75 March 27 Academy


John Thomas Linnell exhibition.


Rossetti, William M. "The Linnell Exhibition." Academy (March 27, 1875): 151. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.


Rossetti calls attention to the recent controversy over John Thomas Linnell forgeries passed off as authentic, mentioning the gallery owner's part in the discussions. Rossetti lauds Linnell and his work for the high degree of skill and aesthetic success he demonstrates, even in his eighties, although he cites later works as less forceful than Linnell's earlier landscapes.

He faults the picture-dealer organizing the exhibition for including paintings of "trade-interest" only in with the legitimate art works. There are exemplary pieces from recognized names such as a Philip H. Calderon, among the other "residue" that Rossetti said should not even be exhibited. Some, he notes, are no better than the "photographs so numerously presented to the eye in shop windows, gregariously termed 'leg pieces;' nor should such trumpery as the Crowned With Flowers, by Mr. Baxter, have found admission here."




John Thomas Linnell, Philip H. Calderon

Standards of Judgment:

Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic standards

Rhetoric and tone:

evaluative, definitive


John Thomas Linnell, E.T. White, Philip H. Calderon