FOR ART STUDENTS.
In order to aid the advanced student in the prepara-
tion of designs for industrial purposes, and so to
bring him in direct relation with the manufacturer,
a series of competitions has been arranged by The
Studio in which prizes will be offered for original
designs in all classes of decorative art.
The details for each design will be set by manu-
facturers familiar with the purpose for which it is
intended. The judging will also be undertaken by
the various firms who have kindly promised to co-
operate ; but the prizes will be given by the pro-
prietor of The Studio.
(1) All students at public or private schools,
whether engaged in industrial design during the
day, or wholly occupied by the study of art, are
eligible; but those who are no longer studying
under any master or school are not eligible.*
* In compliance with numerous requests, it has been deckled to
extend this rule, so as to admit in any competition all who are
bona-fide amateurs in that particular class of design. Thus an
artist professionally engaged in designing wall-papers would not
be eligible for Competition III., but could compete for No. IV.,
whether a recognised art student or self-taught.
(2) To avoid the competition of those profes-
sionally engaged, the competitor must state at
what school he is studying, and the statement must
be confirmed by the signature of the master of the
(3) Drawings for competition must be signed with
a pseudonym only, and a sealed envelope also
marked with the same pseudonym, and containing
the real name of the author, must accompany each
(4) Designs will not be returned unless accom-
panied by stamps for postage.
(5) All designs and correspondence thereon to
be addressed " Prize Competition," care of The
Studio, 16 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden,
(6) Designs must be original, and not traceable
to any existing pattern. New ideas and new treat-
ment, combined with workable detail and arrange-
ment, will be the objects considered.
The Studio reserves the right to reproduce black
and white miniatures of any of the designs sub-
HI.—Wall-Paper Design. Set and to be
Judged by Messrs. Essex &: Co.
The drawing to be worked full size in body
colour, or tempera.
A tracing, full size, in black ink, with the colouring
indicated by lines or dots (no washes) to accompany
The design to be limited to three colours, not
reckoning the ground.
The size of the repeat to be 21 x 21, as a maxi-
mum ; it may be planned to 21 x 18, or 21 x 15
For designers unfamiliar with this class of work,
it may be useful to explain that the accuracy of the
repeat can easily be tested by tracing the pattern
and cutting it into quarters, so that by re-arranging
them in this way the accuracy of each join may be
Further details of the special requirements of a
wall-paper design will be found in Mr. G. C.
Haite's paper in Practical Designing (George Bell
and Sons), or in The Anatomy of Pattern, by Lewis
F. Day (Batsford).
The drawings will remain the property of the
competitors. But Messrs. Essex reserve the right
to purchase the prize designs at a cost not exceed-
ing the amount of the prize.
First prize: Five guineas; second prize: Two
and a half guineas.
Drawings to be sent in by August 1, 1893.
Design for a Table Lamp, to be Set and
Judged by Messrs. Benton & Stone, of
Design for a Table Lamp, 16 inches high to the
top of the reservoir or container. The diameter of
the reservoir should not exceed 5 J inches. Its depth
should not be more than 4 inches. A depth
exceeding this is not of practical value, as the
burners will not draw the oil up beyond 4 inches,
so that what remains below is useless.
The lamp may be designed to be worked in
brass, copper, or any metal or mixture of metals,
or in a combination of metal with pottery, glass, or
A drawing of the elevation should be sent, also
detailed working drawings showing the construc-
tion, and indicating which parts of the metal are
cast, wrought, or worked in repousse, and any other
detail necessary for the workman's guidance. All
these drawings should be in solid black ink upon
smooth white boards, or in black lithographic
chalk upon a sharp grained paper, or on such
prepared surface boards as those described in
No. 2 of The Studio.
The lamp should be firm and weighted to avoid
the danger of being overthrown ; to this end it is
desirable to avoid any undue projection of details
which might be likely to catch in a sleeve of a
dress or other drapery.
It must not be forgptten that a design which
may appear thoroughly artistic in a drawing, may
entail too much special treatment to be satis-
factory, and may even be entirely impracticable in
the actual construction. The prize will be awarded
to the design which, while it fulfils the practical
requirements, is at the same time the most
First prize : Three guineas ; second prize: One
and a half guineas.
Drawings to be sent in by Sept. 1, 1893.
Other competitions, for a Cloth Binding for The
Studio—Relief Surface Decoration—a Carpet, &c,
will be duly announced.