"Free Exhibition of Modern Art–No. 2." Observer supp. (8-9 Apr. 1849), 1.

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Among the chief productions in the first-named class must be enumerated No. 368, The Girlhood of Mary Virgin, by G. D. Rosetti [sic]. It is admirable for its expression and for its composition rather than for its design or for its colouring–the one partaking of the hard manner of the period of Italian art which preceded Raffaelle, the other being crude, though not inharmonious. But the traits of the virgin mother are ineffably sweet; and the arrangement of the parts of the picture are of correspondent grace and beauty.


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