F. G. Stephens (1828-1907), one of the original members of
the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, was Art Editor for the Athenaeum
for forty years. As such his influence on late Victorian ideas about
art was considerable. A good friend of DGR's, he kept the artist's
name and work before the public in a regular way, scrupulously noticing
DGR's work whenever it made a rare public appearance. Because he
passed these critical notices to DGR before he published them, they
bear the artist's “imprimatur”, and may be taken to
reflect DGR's own views to some extent at any rate.
His full-length study of DGR appeared in 1894 as Portfolio
Artistic Monographs No. 5. A second edition was issued in 1908.