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which show the application of water-colour in vary-
ing degrees as being of particular interest, and in
these last instalments further examples of this are
given, among them being some (as, for instance,
Constantijn Hughens’ In the Camp ?iear Bonn) in
which a little coloured wash is used to brighten a
sepia drawing, while in others (eg., Gerard van
Battem’s Sketch of a Town) we have water-colour
drawings pure and simple. To the ordinary student
the cost of the complete work (^17) is, of course,
prohibitive, but there is no reason why it should
not find its way into art schools.
English Costume. Painted and described by
Dion Clayton Calthrop. Georgian. (London :
A. & C. Black.) 7s. 6d. net.—This, the last
volume of a very useful publication, shares the
merits and shortcomings of its predecessors. The
information given has been collected from a great
variety of sources, and the sketches of details of
costume, incorporated in the text, do much to
elucidate it, but the full-page illustrations in colour
are by no means satisfactory, the artist’s sartorial
lore being far superior to his technical skill and
knowledge of the anatomy of the human form.
The best drawings in the book are the small repro-
ductions after the Dightons.
Ornamental Designs for Art Workers. (Vienna :
F. Wolfrum & Co.)—The demand for works on
ornamental design is increasing, and in view of this
the publishers of this portfolio have established a
bureau where practised designers are engaged in
creating designs for their various publications. The
work under consideration consists of forty-eight
plates containing designs in colours for various
decorative purposes, each plate comprising several
drawings. There are designs for jewellery, textiles,
spoons, leather goods, pottery and porcelain, cross-
stitch, embossed leather and silver plate, lace, fur-
niture, embroidery, stained-glass windows, etc. It is
not the intention of the designers that their designs
should be copied blindly, but those seeking help
will find a fruitful source of ideas and suggestions
in their work. All the designs are of a practical
character, the designers being men who know
thoroughly the practical side of applied art.
The number of books on wood-carving which
make their appearance from time to time seem to
point to increasing cultivation of this craft. Mr.
William Bemrose’s well-known Manual of Wood-
Carving (Bemrose & Sons, 5si), is now in its
twenty-second edition, a fact which is sufficient
proof of its popularity. It is a work avowedly
written for the instruction of learners, who should
be able to follow without other assistance the

explicit directions which the book contains, along
with numerous clear illustrations of implements
and designs. A wider field is covered by a new
work recently published by Mr. Batsford, viz.:
Practical Wood-Carving (75. 6d. net), by Eleanor
Rowe. Miss Rowe’s knowledge of the craft is
very extensive and in this work we have some
of the fruits of her twenty years’ experience as
manager of that excellent institution —the School
of Art Wood-Carving at South Kensington. The
implements and woods employed, the various
methods of work, Gothic, Renaissance, and pierced
carving, are treated in successive chapters, amply
illustrated, concluding with an instructive discussion
of treatment and design. A useful glossary is
appended. We have also before us two port-
folios of wood-carving designs — one by Muriel
Moller (Batsford, 65-. net) consisting of six sheets
of excellent working drawings of panels, frames,
etc., with examples of furniture suitable for them,
as to which Mr. Walter Crane writes an appreciative
foreword, while the other consists of twenty plates
containing in all thirty examples of Old English
Wood Carving Patterns (Batsford, 8s. 6d. net),
selected and drawn in facsimile by Margaret F.
Malim, from rubbings taken from the best specimens
of Jacobean furniture. Both these sets of drawings
should prove of great utility to the carver in wood.
Messrs. Newnes’ series of volumes dealing with
“ The Drawings of the Great Masters ” has received
two interesting additions. In the one Lord Ronald
Sutherland Gower contributes a brief but instructive
introduction to the Drawings of Thomas Gains-
borough., of which forty-three examples are re-
produced ; while the other volume is devoted to
Leonardo da Vinci, whose exquisite work as a
draughtsman is ably dealt with at some length by
Mr. C. Lewis Hind. The price of each volume
is js. 6d. net.

Of the so-called Rokeby - Venus of Velasquez, an
excellent mezzotint engraving has just been pub-
lished by the Caxton Publishing Company of
London and Edinburgh. The plate has been
engraved by Mr. T. Hamilton Crawford, one of a
number of young men trained under the distin-
guished painter, Prof. Hubert von Herkomer, who
are making names for themselves. Mr. Crawford’s
rendering of the now world-famous painting is in
every way admirable, and will, we believe, commend
itself to all admirers of the original. The issue
is limited to 350 signed artist proofs.
(Owing to pressure on our space this month we are obliged
to hold over a number of reviews.)

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