Rossetti, W[illia]m M[ichael]. "Art News from England.–Letter 6." Crayon 1 (26 Sep. 1855), 196-197.

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The English artists appear to have made their way with the French public rapidly and conclusively, spite of may objections on the score of smallness of style and dimlessness [sic] of subject, their originality is generally admitted–indeed, with a cordiality which appears to me almost excessive; and the Pre-Raphaelite school especially seems likely not only to obtain barren suffrages, but to create a corresponding movement among the French. I suspect that the next Parisian gallery will show the practical effect of that school almost as clearly as the English exhibitions have done for the last half dozen years. Millais’s "Ophelia," and "Order of Release," excite curiosity and wonder, mingled certainly with hostile criticism of details and ultimate principles, but of such a kind as proves the deep impression he has created. Hunt, though seemingly less noticed and less appreciated, is not less recognized as an extraordinary appearance of the highest class. As far as I have observed, however, the quality upon which we chiefly pride ourselves–transparent purity and truth of color–is less felt by the French, who seem to find us raw and scattered in this respect–and not without much truth, albeit a half-truth. To my eye there is, assuredly, an amenity and an atmospheric quality in the English pictures, as one takes in the entire range of canvas-covered wall in a broad glance, which neither the somber masses of French color, nor the cold distinctness of the Germans, can boast.


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