"The Arts: National Institution." Spectator 23.1139 (27 Apr. 1850), 403.


Deverell is absurd,–aping the imperfections with the earnestness of art on its revival after the middle ages, and evincing a life and power which render his perverse self-abandonment the more exasperating. Can he paint by the light of common sense as well as he can in the style nonsensical? for if he can, he might be a powerful painter: as it is, he is little more than a powerful practical joker, a self-burlesquer.

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