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Studio: international art — 2.1894

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A rchitectural Notes

ARCHITECTURAL NOTES. I am not one of those colour-blind people who

affect to see in London but one huge monotint, for,
He who is receptive and intelligent garners often thanks tQ atm03phere) this Babylon of ours is often
a harvest of success from the crop of others' surcharged and running over with colour of the
failures. I thought of this the other day as I most glorious. Yet it were the sheerest folly to

passed a building in Oxford Street, at the corner deny that there has been done all that man can

of the little street which leads into Soho Square. do to blot out every vestige of colour from our

I would not for worlds recommend the somewhat streets. Row after row of grey and muddy-hued

novel treatment of this shop front as a model for frontages help to deaden our capacity for the

servile imitation. Nevertheless it affords oppor- observation and enjoyment of one of the chief

tunity for suggestion. Covered with white glazed artistic pleasures in life. Combine we ever so

DESIGNS FOR A SET OF DESSERT DOILIES, " FLORA S RETINUE." BY WALTER CRANE.

MANUFACTURED BY JOHN WILSON, BOND STREET, W.

tiles bordered with pale blue, and with the badly deftly softly tinted stone and red-hued bricks, to

designed architraves of the windows emphasised one dull drear complexion must they come at last,

by the economical offices of a coat of somewhat Why should we not go back, say, to that Babylon

garish blue paint, the effect can from no point which long centuries ago has disappeared, and adopt

of view be judged to be otherwise than un- a hint which by French and English excavators, and

pleasing. Yet it caused me to fan within myself last of all by M. and Mme. Dieudonne at Susa,

the embers of a quarrel in which I have for long has been dug up for us. This hint is nothing

engaged myself with the modern city architect. more nor less than the glazed brick or tile which
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