Winter 1950 • Vol. XII No. 1 Book Reviews |

The Tiny, Solemn Truth

Pre-Raphaelite Painters by Robin Ironside. London: Oxford University Press, 1948. $7.50   Much is heard of the revival of the Victorian, chiefly in those thoroughly kitsch aspects which are so useful to the antique trade, but also in more serious if still dubious areas like Auden's work with Tennyson. This book may demonstrate quite unintentionally, whether as symptom or cause, the foundation of a similar small movement in favor of those once tremendous figures, Rossetti, Holman Hunt, and the others. As such it would establish a third phase in the writing about them. The first is contemporary, in which hosts of picture books and sentimental, high-minded or aestheticizing appreciations cluster around the memoirs, so thorough in each case and so automatically produced by each member and every friend that they obviate all historical problems and overwhelm the early carping. The stream of these books ends abruptly, as can even be seen in the precise year 1910, which marks partly

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