Royal Academy, final notice
|Topic||Royal Academy, final notice|
|Standards||PRB aesthetic standards|
|Notes||First purpose, good art, not good price. "Sterling art for sterling coin"|
75 July 17 Academy
Royal Academy Exhibition 1875, final notice.
Rossetti, William M. "The Royal Academy Exhibition." Academy (July 17, 1875): 72. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.
Rosssetti finds "very little worthy of detailed notice" in the water-colour room, with the work of Mrs. Stillman, one of Madox-Brown's protégés, standing out above the rest. Both Madox-Brown and Stillman, the former Miss Spartali, are listed among Rossetti's Cheyne Walk circle of friends.
Rossetti finds the architecture section equally unremarkable, but the drawings of Sir Gilbert W. Bell Scott stand out among the many. In sculpture, Rossetti notes Boehm's bust of Thomas Carlyle to be "worthy of a foremost place" in perpetuating the bodily semblance of a great man."
Rossetti closes the review with the overall comment that essentially states that just because he doesn't note all of the bad works-much of which he states he simply ignored-doesn't mean the exhibition was actually good. His final admonishment is to remind artists and buyers alike that art must first be of good quality, rather than simply created to norms solely aimed at a good price:
We will not say that the artists of the present day may not allowably be "wise in their generation," and make money. Let them sell their works at such prices as they can command; only let them determine that those works shall first of all be good, and done for the sake of being good rather than for their money equivalent. With this proviso, we shall congratulate them when they interchange sterling art for sterling coin.
Standards of Judgment:
Rhetoric and tone:
Rossetti, William Michael. Some Reminiscences of William Michael Rossetti. Vol. 2. New York: Charles Scribner, 1906. Print.