["Morning Chronicle" February 4, 1850]

This is a small monthly work, the production of some young artists of great promise (among whom Messrs. Hunt and Rossetti have distinguished themselves by painting noteworthy pictures) who appear to be animated by a strong "passion for reforming the world"- -and, we infer, more especially the world of art. As in the writings of most young and enthusiastic persons, while they think they are combatting the prejudices of others, they encase themselves in fixed mental habitudes of their own; but the strong talent evinced throughout this publication (of which two numbers have appeared) induces us to expect that the intellectual life which is in it will at last burst through, and discard the crust or skin of fantastic quaintness which characterizes most of the poems and essays, and at last do something from its own inherent strength; by the aid of the old and the accepted creating the new. The second title, "Thoughts towards Nature," is scarcely borne out by the contents, in which the writers generally show a marked aversion to the great mother; but there are so many original and beautiful thoughts in these pages--indeed, some of the poems and tales are in themselves so beautiful in spirit and form--that we have hopes of the writers, when they shall have got rid of those ghosts of medieval art which now haunt their every page. The essay "On the Mechanism of a Historical Picture" is a good practical treatise, and indicates the kind of writing which is much wanted among artists, and to which the poetical portions of the publication would be an agreeable if subordinate relief.