Old Chantry at Auberville, Calvados (1885)

Medium: oil

Exhibited: Royal Academy, 1885

Athenaeum, 11 April 1885:

Mr. Eyre Crowe has finished, and will probably send to the Royal Academy … ‘Orisons’, a party of Sisters of Mercy kneeling in prayer before the chancel of an ancient Norman church; we see them from near the altar, while their figures and the time-worn interior and its furniture are illuminated by the afternoon sun.

‘The Academy and the Salon’, Walter Armstrong, The National Review, 28 June 1885:

On the present occasion, seven pictures by Mr J.R. Herbert, three by Mr. Eyre Crowe, three by Mr. Frith, three by Mr. Oakes, six by Mr. Cooker, three by Mr. Storey, three by Mr. Armitage, four by Mr. Goodall, and one by Mr. Hodgson, or thirty-three in all, occupy places on the line; and, of the whole thirty-three, hardly one would have the slightest chance of admission to any show where merit was the test. A few of them, such as Mr. Herbert’s seven, Mr. Eyre Crowe’s three, Mr. Storey’s three, and a monstrous thing by Mr. Armitage, are such fatuous absurdities that, were it not for the harm they do to the general cause of art, one would pass them by with a shrug of the shoulders and a thought of pity for the men who had seriously to find them places…

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