"Sketchings: Exhibition of the Works of British Artists." Crayon 4 (Oct. 1857), 314-315.


The previous notices of this exhibition in The Crayon have only been of a general character. The arrival of Mr. Ruxton, the director, with a portion of the pictures enables us to furnish a few additional particulars. . . .

Mr. John Ruskin has painted a picture expressly for this exhibition–"Study of a block of Gneiss–Valley of Chamouni, Switzerland." . . . Madox Brown contributes a chalk drawing, called "Our Lady of Good Children," besides other important works.

Our space limits us to a mere glance at the catalogue, which is not yet complete, as another and important installment is yet to arrive.

The exhibition will consist of at least three hundred pictures, by about two hundred artists. The pictures are valued at $100,000, for which sum the collection is insured. An exhibition of this character cannot fail to excite the interest of the public, and prove highly instructive. The secretary, Mr. W. M. Rossetti, says:

"The projectors conceive that the time is fully arrived when the kindred intellect of the two countries should be interchanged in other forms besides those of literature. The names of Longfellow, Bryant, and Prescott, are as familiar on the Old country as those of Tennyson, the Brownings, and Macaulay in the New, and the projectors earnestly hope that, if they succeed in rendering well-known to Americans the best names in living British Art, they shall be no less paving the way to the knowledge of American Art in England. Indeed, the generous and substantial cordiality with which the scheme has been received, in America, from its earliest stages, leaves no room to doubt that the feeling there is all that could be desired with a view to the future.

"The exhibition, it may be added, is in no respect a trading speculation. The British artists have been invited to contribute works in their own hands, or to recommend any sold works, which they would wish to appear in the collection; and in the event of a money-success, the profits will be applied to the promotion of a knowledge internationally of the Art of the two countries."

The exhibition will be held in the new gallery of the National Academy of Design, in Tenth Street, near Broadway. The rooms afford unusual facilities for the exhibition of pictures, being well lighted, commodious, of easy access, and elegantly decorated.

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Copyright © 1999 Thomas J. Tobin.

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