The Subject in Art. II.

John Lucas Tupper

General Description

Date: 1849
Genre: prose essay


◦ Coombs, James, ed. A Pre-Raphaelite Friendship: The Correspondence of William Holman Hunt and John Lucas Tupper (Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press, 1986).


Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the Germ text.

Scholarly Commentary


This is the second part of Tupper's essay; the first part appeared in The Germ no. 1. In this section of the essay Tupper concentrates “the modern life subject”, which, he argues, is quite as “poetical” as any subject drawn from literature or history.

As in the first part of the essay, this part proceeds as a set of deductions from two first principles: that Fine Art “should regard the general happiness of man” as its object; and that the purpose of such art is “mental excitement” (119).

Printing History

First printed in The Germ no. 3, pages 117-125.

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