Date 1875-11-27
Publication Academy
Topic Society of French Artists exhibition
AP display
RA display
Subject art
Keywords Soc. French artists
  ↳ figures
  ↳ landscapes
  ↳ flowers
Standards PRB aesthetic standards
  ↳ merit
Notes Whistler prominent.

Annotation details

75 November 27 Academy


Society of French Artists.


Rossetti, William M. "The International Exhibition 1875." Academy (November 27, 1875): 186. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.


Rossetti offers a Roybet as the most conspicuous work in the gallery and explains briefly why he feels the distinction is warranted. In Lhermitte [sic], Rossetti notes a "dangerous comparison" with the works of Legros, whom he suggests could be properly named as the chef e'cole in the line of figure painting.

James McNeil Whistler's chalk work is noted for its "slightness-a few things told, others that are only implied: a quality not to be confounded with heedlessness. Indeed, they are worthy of leisurely examination." Rossetti considered James McNeil Whistler one of his Cheyne Walk circle of friends.

The other figure-subjects are only briefly mentioned, as are landscapes and flower-painting.




Society of French Artists, figures, landscapes, flowers

Standards of Judgment:

Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic standards

Rhetoric and tone:



Roybet, Alphonse Legros, James McNeil Whistler, Fantin

Works Cited

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