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Record 26848

Reading Experience:

'I read your “Grosvenor”; I’ve seen more interesting articles of yours (beg parding!); but it seemed to me very nice in tone, and I think all the fellows should be pleased, except perhaps poor Tissot. I can’t think anything “debased and odious” that has such a nice light and air about it, as anything of his I ever saw; that seems to me to be an ideal after a fashion.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: Jun 1877
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: Writer
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: "The Grosvenor Gallery"
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Arts / architecture
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: Article in the Fortnightly Review, June 1877.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 26848  
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: 211
  Additional comments: Letter 472, To Sidney Colvin, [June 1877], [17 Heriot Row]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The foregoing material 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. 211,, accessed: 27 September 2020

Additional comments:

On p. 211, Editors’ Note 2 to Letter 472 reads: “In 'The Grosvenor Gallery', in the June 1877 "Fortnightly Review", Colvin described the French painter J.J.J.[Jacques Joseph, known as James] Tissot (1836-1902) as a ‘craftsman of astonishing industry and cleverness, and a realist who, instead of adding a grace to nature, takes a grace away…the rendering of material facts, and especially of atmospheric facts is simply masterly; the types and sentiments simply debased and odious.’”



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