Letter

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Letter from Frederic J. Shields to [Thomas] Letherbrow. He expresses his anger at way in which Dante Gabrielle Rossetti's works were hung at the Royal Academy. "How shamelessly the Academy had hung my dear friend Rossetti's works you will partly have gathered from the newspapers - growls of indignation were heard on all sides at the private view from all admirers, & spontaneous expressions of condemnation of the crowded hanging came even from those who were opponents of his art. I was mad with wrath on Saturday, & ill all Sunday with vexation. They had an opportunity for magnanimous action, & they yielded to envy and spite, but they have already been compelled by the stress of opinion to repent, & make some amendment in their arrangements... Men went to scoff - I heard them say as much, & staid [sic] to worship."

Dated at: 7 Lodge Place, London NW.