Date 1875-10-03
Publication Academy
Topic Dudley Gallery, first notice
AP display
RA display
Subject art
Keywords Dudley
  ↳ oils
  ↳ Whistler
  ↳ Watts
  ↳ Hughes
Standards PRB aesthetic standards
  ↳ past exhibs.
Notes Whistler noted as "leading exhibitor of the year."

Annotation details

75 October 30 Academy


Dudley Gallery exhibition of 1875.


Rossetti, William M. "The Dudley Gallery." Academy (October 10, 1875): 182. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.


Rossetti notes the alternating content of the gallery, with this year's containing oils rather than watercolors. He finds the gallery ordinary and commonplace, but states that there are clever, superior works among the group to be discovered by those with the endurance to look for them.

The majority of the review is concentrated on the works of James McNeil Whistler, whom Rossetti extols as "the leading exhibitor of the year." This is consistent with Rossetti's typical pattern of critical focusing on and elevating a non-Academician as a circumspect way to reinforce non-Academy aesthetic theory and to reinforce PRB principles.

The remainder of the review includes mostly praise for George Frederick Watts (one painting declared unsuccessful) and Hughes. Once again, Rossetti uses artists aligned more with aestheticism than with the Royal Academy to subtly devalue Royal Academy proscription.

It is notable that James McNeil Whistler and George Frederick Watts are part of Rossetti's inner circle of friends who frequented Cheyne Walk (Reminiscences 2:316, 336) and that Rossetti testified on James McNeil Whistler's behalf in his suit against Ruskin (Rossetti 373n).




Dudley 1875, James McNeil Whistler, George Frederick Watts, Hughes

Standards of Judgment:

Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic standards

Rhetoric and tone:



James McNeil Whistler, George Frederick Watts, Hughes

Works Cited

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

Rossetti, William Michael. Selected Letters of William Michael Rossetti. Ed. Roger Peattie.University Park: Pennsylvania State UP, 1990. Print.