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ÆSTHETIC MOVEMENT IN ENGLAND,
CONTENTS. The Pre-Raphaelites and The Germ.
“Patience," an original opera, by Gilbert and Sullivan, John Ruskin and the Critics.
and “The Colonel,” adapted by F. C. Burnand The Grosvenor Gallery and Æsthetic Culture.
from “ The Serious Family."
A Home for the Æsthetes--Bedford Park.
The beneficial influence the Esthetic Movement has Buchanan r. The Eraminer, Action for Libel.
had on Modern Poetry, Music, Painting, Dress, Punch's attacks on the Esthetes.
and the Decorative Arts.
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Notices of the Press.
MR. E. L. BLANCHARD says :-“There are many playgoers who are somewbat puzzled to understand the full significance of the satire conveyed in the adapted comedy of “The Colonel " at the Prince of Wales's, and Mesers, Gilbert and Sullivan's original comic opera of “ Patience," still prolonging its singularly successful career at the Savoy Theatre. To these, and many others, may be safely commended a curiously interesting book, just published, called “The Æsthetic Movement in England." The author, Mr. Walter Hamilton, has treated a very important subject with much care and considerable research. His chapters on the painters and poets of the Esthetic school are excellently written and replete with information not readily accessible, while his sketch of the career of Jr. Oscar Wilde will solve many questions to which few, even in well-informed circles, could readily reply. - " Birmingham Daily Gazette."
MR. W. M. Rossetti says :--“There are, I think, many true and pointed observations in your book, and I necessarily sympathise in the general point of view which it adopts on the questions at issue."
MR. G. A. Sala writes:-"Many thanks for your book on 'The Æsthetic Movement in England.' It will be historically curious and valuable long after the silly opposition to the movement has passed away."
“ The West Middlesex Advertiser” thus described the scope of the work: " The origin of the Esthetic Movement in England is here ascribed to the small circle of artists and poets who styled themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, as far back as 1848. These were seven young Oxford students, namely, Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Woolner, William Michael Rossetti, G. F. Stevens, and James (ollinson, and they started a small magazine, entitled “The Germ,” to advocate their peculiar views in art and poetry. After describing the attacks this circle was subjected to, and Mr. Ruskin's able defence of it, comes an outline of Ruskin's influence on art, and Sir Coutts Lindsay's formation of the Grosvenor Gallery, in which nearly all the most celebrated pictures of the Esthetic School have been exhibited, including the works of E. Burne-Jones, who is by some held to be the head of the Sthool in painting, and the peculiar paintings by J. A. M. Whistler. In connection with the latter artist, an account is given of the remarkable action for libel he brought against Mr. Ruskin.
- The chapter devoted to · Asthetic Culture’ is one that will probably excite the greatest interest and curiosity: in it the influence of the new School on art, music, architecture, furniture and dress is distinctly pointed out; and the undonbted good it has achievell prove that the ridicure wbich has hitherto been directed against the Esthetes was both unjust and unreasonable.
"The poetry of the Æsthetic School is next described, and naturally leads up to an account of Robert Buchanan's attacks upon Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Fleshly School, with the law-suit that arose out of th Fisher." These chapters are full of literary details, which will interest admirers of Swinburne, Morris, Rossetti, and Buchanan, whilst the article on Oscar Wilde contains facts and anecdotes concerning that talented young poet, which will certainly be new to the general public, and extracts from his poems of a stamp likely to astonish some of those who now think it good form' to sneer at the Æsthetic bard.
“ The author has throughout treated his topic in a reverent spirit; indeed, he deprecates the frivolitr of those who, without understanding its aims or meaning, choose to ridicule Estheticism, and if he is not himself an Esthete, he is at any rate an appreciative Philistine."