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Record 18595

Reading Experience:

'I say Colvin, your Titian is no end, and has pleased my mother as much as me: no end, also, is your description of that incarnate devil Maclise one of the wickedest incarnations of the spirit of (artistic) unnatural crime that ever lived.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 15 Feb 1875
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edinburgh
county: Lothian
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Robert Louis Stevenson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Aspiring writer and intermittent law student
Religion: Uncommitted.
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Sidney Colvin
Title: [Notices on Titian and Daniel Maclise]
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Arts / architecture
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: In The Academy, 23 January (Titian) and 30 January (Maclise) 1875.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18595  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford A. Booth
  Title: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 2
  Page: 113
  Additional comments: From Letter 361, To Sidney Colvin, [Early February 1875] [17 Heriot Row]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The date in square brackets has been added by the editors.

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 113,, accessed: 27 September 2020

Additional comments:

On p. 113, Editors? Note 2 reads: ?During January Colvin contributed a series of notices to "The Academy" on the Winter Exhibition of Old Masters at the Royal Academy. On 23 January he warmly praised a landscape by Titian and on 30 January he condemned as repulsive and vulgar a number of works by the historical painter Daniel Maclise (1806-70).?



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