Date 1875-05-22
Publication Academy
Topic Royal Academy, third notice
AP display
RA display
Subject art
Keywords RA domestic and general subjects
Standards PRB aesthetic standards
Notes Cheyne Walk Circle
  ↳ Millais, foreign schools..

Annotation details

75 May 22 Academy


Royal Academy Exhibition, third notice.


Rossetti, William M. "The Royal Academy Exhibition." Academy (May 22, 1875): 159. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.


In the Royal Academy exhibition of 1875, Rossetti reviews "General Subjects" and "Domestic Subjects." First examined and critiqued are works by Alma-Tadema and Hubert von Herkomer, both of which are described in detail to include the subject, scheme and execution, plus the effectiveness, in Rossetti's estimation, of the imagery. Alma-Tadema was a regular among Rossetti's Cheyne Walk associates and, as always, receives praise in the review (Reminiscences 2:323).

Rossetti favors works that also have shown well in continental exhibitions, emphasizing the importance of international recognition and the influence of non-Academy schools in the production of good art.

Charles Leslie is noted almost as a cautionary example of an artist who has been "damaged" by yielding to the popularity and ready market he has experienced of late, turning away from truly and exclusively good art in favor of commercial success.

Rossetti states that he will "run rapidly" through many other exhibit works, starting with John Pettie and including Charles Leslie, plus an extensive analysis of Sir John Everett Millais' work. Rossetti explains the key to Millais's success in emotional expression.

Foreign school painters exhibiting are introduced with commentary supporting their contribution to art which, of course, is a recurring Rossetti theme: non-Academic art is both significant and important.




Royal Academy exhibition 1875, third notice, general and domestic subjects

Standards of Judgment:

Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic standards

Rhetoric and tone:



Alma-Tadema, Hubert von Herkomer, John Pettie, Charles Leslie, Sir John Everett Millais

Works Cited

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