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Studio: international art — 21.1901

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A very strong and decisive sketch, a portrait of
Sidney Whitman, Esq., painted by Professor
Lenbach, was one of the most remarkable accom-
plishments in the Exhibition of the Society of
Portrait Painters; and there were, besides, pictures
of special importance by Mr. G. F, Watts, Mr.
Orchardson, and Ford Madox-Brown. Of the
other contributions the best were Mr. R. Jack's
Mrs. Donald Smith, Mr. W. Llewellyn's Given,
Mr. F. M. Skipworth's Marie, the Hon. John
Collier's Toyce, Mr. J. Guthrie's The Late Alexander
Osborne, D.L., Mr. Harold Speed's Lady in Yellow,
M. Gabriel Nicolet's Miss Beaumont, Mr. Robert
Brough's Surgeon-Colonel 7. G. Gallwey, C.B., and
Miss B. Macdonald's Miss Heanly. There were,

embroidered cushion by ethel wright too, some good drawings by Mr. C. H. Shannon

and Mr. W. Strang.

a large section, and the embroideries reached a The new

high level of technique, though very little originality ~^Bjp? SB1 Roman Cath-

of design was apparent. The quality of the fabrics ~ - olic Cathedral

shown by the Windermere, Canterbury, Haslemere, _ - at Westminster,

and Irish weavers was excellent; and some of the '''(WBtttT' " ^ now raPidlY aP"

stencilled decorations of cloths and draperies were v preaching com-

more distinctive and interesting than the needle- . pletion, offers

work. In the latter, the cushion embroidered by ' some magni-

Ethel Wright was one of the best examples of j f i ficent oppor-

beautiful work bestowed on a worthy subject. But j .: <■ tunities for the

here, as in the other classes, the prolific output j :/' | j..' ' artist-decorator

emphasised the need of a higher standard of design, f . .■■„ ^ which it is to

and a more rigorous discipline of amateur workers. j Lt he hoped, in

the cause of all

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STUDIO-TALK. ^ t [JM that is good in

(From our own Correspondents.) jihS* f' !%58i art, may be

ON DON.—The chief pictures in the ~......» ""■ n,'^''!^ A^^KMKT' taken full ad-
Winter Exhibition of the new English Art ,' . .:.. - vantage of by
Club were Mr. P. W. Steer's Nidderdale tbSBBB those who are
and The Home Meadow: Mr. W. W. pastel "st. genevieve" by responsible.

^ in Tir j j T j z n j A/r gilbert foster. gesso frame r., ;j fi,-

Russell's Wooded Lane and Duck Pond; Mr. By MRS^ gilbert fqster lo avoid the

George Thomson's Penmaen Cliffs; Mr. J. L. banalities of

Henry's Kent Cornfields and The Mill Pond; the ordinary

Professor Brown's Grimbald Crag, Knaresboro, trade-decorator, British or foreign, is of the

and The Avenue ; and The Escaped Bird, by Mr. highest importance, if the building is to become

H. Tonks. All these are memorable as land- a worthy expression of what is truest and best

scapes of admirable quality, and completely in in decorative art. We hear with pleasure that

accordance with the best traditions of the Club. Mr. Frank Brangwyn has been asked to prepare

Of the figure-paintings, the most notable were The a design for one of the principal mosaics, and

Toilet, by Mr. W. W. Russell, and two equestrian we heartily congratulate the architect on his

portraits by Mr. Charles Furse. Some delightful choice of so entirely capable an artist. If the

flower studies by Mr. F. E. James, the pastels by remainder of the work is intrusted to men of

Mr. H. B. Brabazon and Mr. Arthur Tomson, and equal artistic ability, the result is certain to give

the water-colour landscapes by Mr. A. W. Rich, to the building an artistic value surpassing that of

added considerably to the interest of the Exhibition, any modern structure in London.

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