Rossetti, W[illia]m M[ichael]. "Art News from England.–Letter 9." Crayon 2 (23 Jan. 1856), 24-26

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The only Art exhibition of the regular sort which is wont to enliven London between August and February–the so-called "Winter Exhibition of Pictures, Water-Colors, and Engravings, of the English School"–has opened this month. . . . Mr. Arthur Hughes; a rising Pre-Raphaelite, sends a figure of a little boy, in a flannel night-shift, replete with sentiment and beautiful pictorial method. A dull artist could not have aimed at so much naive actuality without falling into prosaics, nor a pseudo-sentimental one at so much of the abstract and spiritual without dissolving into inanity. Mr. Hughes combines the two points of view, so that each makes the other more vital. . . .

However, this discussion [on erecting a statue of Campbell] may be regarded as a ceremonious interchange of compliments, in comparison with what Britons write, say, and think, of the award of artistic prizes at the Paris Exhibition, no one would stultify himself so far as to profess that the award is, in any respect, satisfactory; but one may well ask, ‘Why all this turmoil?["] Surely merit is merit, recognized or not; and the true artist’s, or his honest admirers’, consciousness may well stand instead of the verdict of a jury. The attribution of bad motives is at best futile. Meanwhile, here is the list:

. . . First class–. . . Millais. . . . Honorable Mention–. . . Paton. . . .

Wm. M. Rossetti


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