The Subject in Art, (No. 1.)

John Lucas Tupper felt strongly that art education had degenerated to the point where those educated under the current system were unable to distinguish good art from bad. He called for the reform of art education throughout his career, particularly in his book Hiatus, or the Void in Modern Education (Macmillan, 1896). The first and third issues of The Germ provided Tupper with his first public outlet for these ideas, although, as William Michael Rossetti noted in the preface to the 1901 facsimile, Tupper’s argument is somewhat murky:

Mr. Tupper was, for an artist, a man of unusually scientific mind; yet he was not, I think, distinguished by that power of orderly and progressive exposition which befits an argument”(16).

WMR also issues a cautionary note in his preface that “The views expressed by Mr. Tupper in these two papers should be regarded as his own, and not by any means necessarily those upheld by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood”(17).