"The London Diary of a German Authoress." Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine 70.430 (Aug. 1851): 212. Excerpt.

[S]he give us, in a few lines, her appreciation of the pre-Raphaelite school. "As ludicrously bad as Aholibah was forbidding, was a biblical genre-picture by Millais. It is as coarsely comic as a Capuchin friar's sermon. St Joseph and his man are at work in their carpenter's shop. The saint is on the right, his assistant at the other extremity of their joiner's-bench, and in the middle is an old woman who may perhaps be intended for St Anna. In the foreground stands the child Jesus in his little shirt, crying bitterly, because he has torn his hands with a nail, in the very place where, at a future day, he is to bear the stigmata. The future wounds upon the feet are indicated by drops of blood which have fallen on them. The Virgin kneels beside him, also with a weeping countenance, and offers him her cheek to kiss, whilst she breathes upon the wounds in his hands. St Anna resolutely grasps the pincers, to extract the offending nail, which sticks out of the carpenter's bench like a clove. Wood-shavings of various sizes constitute the simple decorations of the foreground." An unprejudiced piece of criticism, which we recommend to the notice of Mr Ruskin and the other supporters of a small and conceited clique of pretentious innovators in art.


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