"The Fine Arts’ Exhibitions of 1849. Fraser’s Magazine 40.1 (Jul. 1849), 73-81. Excerpt.

Another young painter, who exhibits a solitary picture at the Free Exhibition, deserves particular mention. Mr. Rosetti [sic] is also a slave to a style. His type of excellence is the ‘Early Christian,’ and of course his figures are formal, his colours unlike any combinations in nature, and the drawing grotesquely rigid. Still in his ‘Girlhood of Mary Virgin,’ (his first and only work), there are unmistakeable evidences of talent from which much may be hereafter expected. There is spirituality in the head of the Virgin, and in all the background of the picture.

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