International studio — 24.1904/​1905(1905)

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Studio- Talk

(From our own Correspondents)
LONDON.—The two recent additions to
the collection in the National Gallery
can be welcomed with something like
enthusiasm. Titian’s famous portrait
of Ariosto is a most desirable acquisition—though
there is in some quarters a disposition to carp at
the price paid for it—and it gives us an example of
a branch of his practice which has been unrepre-
sented hitherto in Trafalgar Square. The other
picture, the portrait by Sir John Millais of Sir Henry
Thompson, is of hardly less importance. It is one
of the finest works ever produced by an artist who
has a right to a place among the great portrait
painters whose names are recorded in art history ;
and it is certainly worthy of comparison with any of
the other masterpieces which have been gathered
in the National Gallery. It lacks, of course, the
glamour of age, but technically it is superb.
Mr. G. LI. Morris has recently completed some
admirable interior decorations for a west-end

mansion. The restrained treatment is very
characteristic. The walls of the billiard-room,
illustrated on page 163, are lined with oak
panelling, and lead up to a chimneypiece in the
same material; a few spots of mother-o’-pearl
inlay give a touch of varied colour and brighten
the sober tone of the room. This pleasant
form of contrast is also noticeable on the mahogany
chimney-piece in the dining-room and the brass
interior of the hall chimney-piece.

Without departing from our English tradition for
true and sober design, Mr. Morris obtains an
original effect in an almost elusive fashion, and
gives to the whole room an unaggressive and
reticent personal note.

The entrance hall, here illustrated, is panelled
in pine and painted white, with a Bratt and
Colbran chimneypiece designed by Mr. Morris.
This interior shows the same refinement and
delicate detail. The plaster ceilings and cornices
of these rooms are kept well in hand, although
the moulded ribs in the hall seem a trifle


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