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Studio: international art — 3.1894

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Clouds. By Francis Bate

impossible to be kept in mind for every stroke, ^—^ LOUDS BY FRANCIS BATE
accustomed as we are in writing or drawing to

A column of imperceptible vapour
rises from the earth until it reaches a
height where a cooler temperature

These drawings by Mr. Paton Wilson have been condenses it into visible form. These masses of
reduced, but not to an extreme degree, yet they apparent vapour are the clouds, which, of infinitely
have lost a little of their charm, and
become distinctly less interesting in
colour. Not only from the fact that
the flat line of printed ink is always
less full of beauty than the raised line
of a pen-drawing, which shows in in-
finitely smaller degree somewhat the
same difference as that between the
rich projection of an etched line, com-
pared with the monotonous level of
one lithographed.

To talk about illustrations side by
side with actual impressions, is as futile
as reading the receipt from a cookery-
book when the dish itself awaits you
to taste and criticise the actual result.
It would be superfluous to praise
them, since their appearance here
shows that they are deemed worthy;
and not quite in good taste to analyse
and carp at minor details which may
be unsatisfactory. When introducing
a friend, you do not at the same time
discuss any shortcomings you fancy you
have observed in him. Therefore it is
enough to say that Mr. Paton Wilson
has studied in the Kidderminster Art
School, and at Tufton Street, Westmin-
ster, and is at present working with his
brother, Mr. H. Wilson, whose decora-
tions for Welbeck Abbey, in conjunction
with Mr. Pomeroy, made so prominent
a display at the late Arts and Crafts
Exhibition. From the,younger artist,
whose work now appears for the first
time in the pages of The Studio, we
may expect much, and if a peculiarly


modest estimate of his own achieve-
ments be a sign of future advance (as one is varied shape, move in the currents of our atmo-
tempted to believe it is), in days ahead it will sphere, and, suspended at different heights, are
be pleasant to have had the pleasure of intro- blown by the winds to sail grandly about our little
ducing Mr. Wilson's work to the many readers of world, within that immensity^ of illuminated ether
these pages, who follow the progress of illustration which appears to us as blue sky.
with the keenest interest, especially in the decora- There are recognised distinguishing forms of
tive revival which, confined for a long time to clouds. The scientists have classified them. By
England, now appears to be influencing much con- the study of the conditions which precede, accom-
tinental work. G. W. pany, and follow them ; by ^noticing the manner of
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