Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903), Painter and Royal Academician
I may add that the work of hunting up ‘old masters’ suited me perfectly, bringing into play such small gifts in the way of tact and temper as I possess, and my keen interest in, and devotion to, the art of the past had given me a considerable knowledge of the work of different schools and men.
He will be chiefly remembered at the Academy for the part he took in organising the epoch-making series of ‘Old Masters’ at Burlington House. From 1875 to 1890 he was the moving spirit of these exhibitions. He was indefatigable in searching for desirable pictures, and in persuading their owners to lend. For such duties he was remarkably well fitted, being at once extremely popular and yet quite ready with his ‘no’ when inadmissible claims were made on behalf of this or that ‘masterpiece.’
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