Sir Frank Dicksee has been written out of art history due to his romantic paintings and his staunch opposition to modern art. He was never a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhoodbut is often associated with them because his subject matter and style are very similar.
Dicksee became an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1881, Royal Academician in 1891, and President of the Royal Academy in 1924 until his death in 1928.
Sidney Hutchison described him as "courteous, warm-hearted and courageous in his convictions...he had worked unceasingly towards his ideals hardly deflected by any current events but striving again and again to attain perfection in his particular but versatile style of romantic art" (Hutchison 164).
Dicksee was not a wonderfully successful president of the Royal Academy. He lacked the business and diplomacy skills needed to guide the academy. He clung to the traditional attitudes of art and put high importance on "finished paintings" (paintings that were completed in full detail). Many saw his ascendancy to president as a final acceptance of the Pre-Raphaelite ideals into the Royal Academy.
Today, Sir Frank Dicksee is enjoying a new surge in popularity. Reproductions and prints of his paintings can be found in almost every print store and images of his paintings are finally beginning to grace Victorian art books.
Primary source: The History of the Royal Academy 1768-1968 by Sidney Hutchison, Taplinger Publishing, pg 164- 165