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Palgrave, Francis T.

    Full Name: Palgrave, Francis T.

    Other Names:

    • Francis Turner Palgrave

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1824

    Date Died: 1897

    Home Country/ies: United Kingdom

    Career(s): art critics


    Critic for the Saturday Review and art author. A converted Jew, he was zealously Protestant. Palgrave formed a circle of British esthetes, led by Prince Albert (1819-1861), with Henry Drummond (1786-1860) and Charles Lock Eastlake rejecting the esthetics of Joshua Reynold’s Academy and the perceived Roman Catholic influence of the high renaissance in favor of the ‘early masters.’ Palgrave, the theorist of this circled, admired the art of antiquity and the early renaissance and viewed the late renaissance artists as neo-pagans. With Ruskin, he disparaged the industrial revolution and the art that seemed to support it.

    Selected Bibliography

    Essays on Art. New York: Hurd and Houghton, 1867; “Essay on the First Century of Italian Engraving,” in Kugler, Franz. Handbook of Painting: The Italian Schools. London: J. Murray, 1855, pp. 517-556.


    Palgrave, Francis Turner, and Palgrave, Gwenllian Florence. Francis Turner Palgrave: his Journals and Memories of his Life. New York: Longmans, Green, 1899; Steegman, John. “Lord Lindsay’s History of Christian Art.” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 10 (1947): 123-24;


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