English Pre-Raphaelite painter.
Autographed William Holmon Hunt, Manuscript, two pages, oblong octavo, undated. Concerning William Holmon Hunt’s comments on Rossetti’s Annunciation and a “new Raffaelle” at the National Gallery.
“We will not presume in concert to lay down the law about his merits but I think there is no reason why I should not state my own view about one of his painting[s] which I saw at the National Gallery a few weeks since. It was a copying day. I had gone in mainly to see the new Raffaelle and I had seen it and had enjoyed the contemplation of many more of our precious possessions, those naturally which were new most attracting my attention. In turning about to see that I was in nobody’s way the picture of the Announciation by Rossetti seemed to speak to me long forgotten words. I approached, it was being copied by two ladies, and I felt at once that they had made a wise selection. The living merit of the work made it stand out as among the most genuine creations in the gallery, and I distinctly concluded that there was no painting there done by hands so young as Rossetti’s were, when he did that, which could be compared to it. He was twenty one at the time Raffaelle was twenty four when he painted the Ansidie Madonna. Raffaelle’s picture altho’ of course more complex, and having special value as containing evidence of the steps by which he reached his final excellence, is not to be compared to it for the difficulty of the attempt, or for the artis[try]”
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