Documents associated with: Art and Art Critics
Record 24 of 35
System Number: 05248
Date: 27 January 
Author: William Michael Rossetti
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R144
Document Type: ALS
I received your piquant little pamphlet, & read it immediately, & found in it not only plenty of point but plenty of reason. Tho' I have been figuring for so many years as a non-professional art-critic, I nevertheless agree to a very considerable [p. 2] extent in your thesis that the publishing of art-critiques by non-professionals, whom the too easy-going public allow thus to assume a dominant authority over their own minds, is noxious & deserving of protest: indeed I have myself said the same in an article wh. I wrote (say towards 1864) in the Fine Arts Quarterly, & wh. is reprinted in my vol. Fine Art Chiefly Contemporary.
I had intended to ac-[p. 3]knowledge your pamphlet with thanks as soon as I received & read it, but it slipped me to do this (partly because I was laid up with gout several days about that time). I am now reminded to write thro' seeing in the Academy an abusive little paragraph about the pamphlet, & apprehending that said paragraph might possibly, by you or others, be ascribed to my hand. The fact however is that I not only had nothing whatever to do with the paragraph, but that I have [p. 4] not for the last half-year or more written anything for the Academy - the Editor having substituted Comyns Carr for myself as reviewer of exhibitions.
Yours always truly,
W. M. Rossetti -
1. 27 January 
Year deduced from reference to pamphlet (see below).
Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878 was published in January 1879.
4. Fine Art
Rossetti, William Michael, Fine Art, Chiefly Contemporary: Notices Reprinted, with Revisions, London and Cambridge, 1867.
Anon., 'Whistler v Ruskin: Art and Art Critics,' The Academy, 25 January 1879, p. 85.