J. Comyns Carr

I knew about Joseph Comyns Carr by name, but not the story of his life:  barrister turned drama critic, friend of Rossetti and passionate advocate of the Pre-Raphaelites and the work of Blake, he was co-director of the Grosvenor Gallery, where he exhibited the work of Whistler (who called him Jo), Rossetti and Burne-Jones as a way of challenging ‘the sleepy complacency of the dwellers in Burlington House’.   He left in 1888 to establish the New Gallery on Regent Street, where he remained a Director till 1908.   He was apparently a brilliant after-dinner speaker and an expert fly-fisherman.

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