International studio — 22.1904

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And so, while administratively we treat with a
youthful Italian Constitution, we lay down the imple-
ments of our arts and crafts to look up with rever-
ence to the Italy of the Renaissance — the alma
mater of contemporary art. Works like Mr. Charles
H. Caffm's " American Masters of Sculpture " and
Mr. Lorado Taft's "American Sculpture" bring home
to us this point of view very clearly. The two books
differ in scope and treatment, and are both excellent
intheirways. Itisourprovince to distinguish be-
tween them for the information of our readers.
Mr. Taft's book is the first contribution to a
series of works edited by John C. Van Dyke under
the comprehensive title, " The History of American
Art," — a collection of volumes which tend, at any
rate, to bring together the materials for such a his-
tory. Its treatment is strictly historical in its own
field, arranged chronologically under the main
headings: The Beginnings, 1750-1850; Middle
Period, 1850-1876; Contemporary Men, 1876-
1903. Under these heads are then recorded by the
author each attainment by this or that artist of the
period in the development of American sculpture,
with as much personal narrative of the exponents
as is pertinent to the subject. Mr. Taft's volume
is more or less an exhaustive record of the progress
of sculpture in America from the beginning up
to .date. It is admirably illustrated and printed,
and is a book for every standard art library, probably
for the' next fifty years or more ; — in fact, until it
may be replaced by a more complete and final
exposition, made possible by conclusive judgment
reached only with lapse of time. Mr. Cafhn's
volume is uniform with his previously published
" American Masters of Painting " ; and while the
title is somewhat misleading, yet there is nothing
in the author's writings to show that he intends his
selection of the sculptors whose work he has treated
to be either exclusive or inclusive. The author has
chosen out a certain number of eminent American
sculptors whose work is admirable, and has put
them and their art befqre his readers by the use
of an appreciative and an able pen.
While Mr. Cafhn's work is a charming survey of
well-favoured landmarks in this particular field of

American art, made from the eminence whereon he
takes his stand, Mr. Taft's volume aims rather at
recording the complete topography of that field.
Every one who wants to become familiar with the
best in American sculpture should read Mr. Caffin's
book; every student of American sculpture should
possess Mr. Taft's.
THE COLONEL'S OPERA CLOAK. By CHRISTINE
C. BRUSH, izmo. Pages 262. Illustrations
by E. W. Kemble and Arthur E. Becher.
Boston : Little, Brown, & Co.
The author of this book has conceived the novel
idea of taking for the hero none other than the
Colonel's Opera Cloak, — "a large blue cloak lined
with scarlet, with shining gilt clasps at the neck," —
which plays a very important part throughout. .The
story is a clever, entertaining account of the life of
a Southern family, at one time very wealthy, but,
having lost all their money in the war, now living in
comparative poverty in the North. One of the
most interesting of the characters herein depicted
is that of an old negro servant, formerly a slave,
who has faithfully clung to the family through all
their misfortunes, and accompanied them to their
Northern home. The story is pathetic as well as
humorous — as all good tales of old slave days are
bound to be.
The book contains four full-page illustrations and
forty illustrations in the text, depicting the charac-
ters and scenes mentioned in the story. The names
of the artists are a guarantee of their quality.
DESCRIPTIVE NOTES FOR CHINA LOVERS. By MARIA
AUGUSTA WiLDE. 8vo. Wrappers. Illustrated.
Pages 36. New York : Taft & Belknap Co.,
1 East 40th St.
A neat and concise little brochure has been sent
us for notice, which should certainly supply a want
for the china-buying public, to assist them in dis-
tinguishing intelligently between the various styles
of porcelain. It contains an outline of Ceramic
history, and also sbme definite information about
the table-ware and yirAw.? of the present time,
accompanied by explanations, both illustrative and
textual, of the " marks" of the various best-
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