A review of a reissue of Ramsay's Tea Table Miscellany from the Glasgow Herald of 27 July 1871 responds to the contemporary appetite for reissued editions, asserting that, while this 'biblio-maniacal movement is altogether admirable [...] it does in particular remind us too much of the disentombment
of mummies from very respectable, if not immortal, pyramids of dust.' Although Ramsay's efforts were 'well-meant', this reviewer asserts that only Burns was capable of purifying the Scots language and its poetic traditions.
It would appear that in May 1849, when Hunt designed A Converted British Family (and Millais began The Disentombment
of Queen Matilda ), Rossetti's decidedly religious "Old and New Art" sonnets of 1848-49 were a more accurate reflection of Pre-Raphaelite principles than the "list of Immortals," which, in any case, was already in existence by August 30, 1848 (see C, 1:71) and, therefore, predated the formal inception of the PRB in the following month.