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Grosvenor Gallery


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London. A commercial gallery founded in 1877 by the wealthy dilettante painter Sir Coutts Lindsay (1824–1913) and Charles E. Hallé, son of the famous musician Sir Charles Hallé. Whistler showed eight paintings at the opening exhibition, and Ruskin's notorious outburst against one of them led to the libel trial that caused the painter's financial ruin. The other artists who showed at the gallery included such distinguished academics as Leighton and Poynter, but it became particularly associated with the Aesthetic Movement (see Aestheticism) and was memorably satirized in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience (1881): ‘A greenery-yallery, Grosvenor Gallery, Foot-in-the-grave young man’ (an allusion to the deathly pallor possessed by many of the figures in works by painters such as Burne-Jones). In 1888 the Grosvenor Gallery was taken over by the New Gallery; by this time it ‘had become little more than an overflow from the Royal Academy’ (Dennis Farr, English Art 1870–1940, 1978).

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