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Studio: international art — 26.1902

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Studio- Talk

and the embroideries, though less distinguished in
design, were exquisite in needlecraft. The Canter-
bury weavers have improved greatly during the
last few years, and their "opaline" mixture ot
silk and linen is one of the most interesting
of the new materials for rich and yet simple
and cleanly draperies and gowns. The Falk-
land linens were equally good in colour, and
among the needlework special praise is due to
that of the Soho Girls' Club. The Haslemere
weaving, spinning, and tapestry industries, under
the well-directed energy of Mrs. Joseph King and
Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey Blount, are developing most
creditably in many directions. Their linen and
woollen stuffs are in steady demand, and the
tapestry rugs and carpets shown this year were no
less agreeable in colour and pattern than solid and
practical in workmanship. The Brighton and
Birmingham classes also showed an excellent
variety of rugs in plain and good colours, and it
was pleasing to find so many of the textile pupils
working in homely and serviceable things.

The Arts and Crafts Society will hold an exhibi-
tion at the New Gallery in January, 1903.

STUDIO-TALK.

(From our own Correspondents.)

LONDON.—Mr. Arnesby Brown has from
the beginning of his career as an exhibit-
ing, artist shown himself to be possessed
of capacities so much above the average
that few people can have been surprised to find him
taking his place this season among the few indis-
putable chiefs of the modern school. His land
scape, The River Bank, at the Academy ranks
certainly as one of the best pictures of the year.
It is painted with surprising certainty and sureness
of observation and with large decisiveness of touch;
and it is, as well, a sumptuous and admirably-har-
monised piece of colour. As a faithful and sincere
study of Nature it can hardly be too highly praised ;
and as an avowal of a wholesomely intelligent art
creed it gives amp'e evidence of the artist's unusual
qualifications for success in his profession.

There are many who think that Art should have
no commerce at all with homilies and sermons in
paint. These things, it is said, are really " the
immorals of art," since they turn a source of
Eesthetical emotion and pleasure into a form ot
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