carefully studied, each whorl and line bear the im- Old Masters being limited to a screen in the centre
press of accurate perception and a masterly exact- of the room. By the kindness of the artists, we
ness of line. Yet the whole is broad
and simple, and scarcely suggests the
enormous patience which must have
been needed to carry out the self-im-
posed toil. Nothing is shirked, nothing
scamped, from the stem to the utter-
most leaf; every part in succession
reveals equal interest, and yet the
whole is not devoid of a large quality
which brings it together in a harmoni-
ous whole, so that it is as much the
study of a tree as the study of each
separate item that composes it. Scho-
larship to-day is out of fashion ; tech-
nique, or subject, share the realm of
art unequally ; yet. one feels that the
true convention of classic art may be
learned in academic ways as surely C0NIST0N hall (from an etching) by oliver hall
to-day as when the young Leighton
drew this tree, or the young Velasquez toiled under are permitted to reproduce miniatures of several of
his future father-in-law, Francisco Pacheco, who the best, some of which we give in this number,
in his Arte de la Pintura (1649), writes : "Draw- Among them are Mr. Alfred Hartley's Chateau de
ing is the life and soul of painting ; drawing, Blouay (page 29), Mr. Alfred East's A Hurrying
especially outline, is the hardest; nay, the art has, Wind, and Mr. Oliver Hall's Coniston Hall.
strictly speaking, no other difficulty. Without -
drawing, painting is nothing but a vulgar craft; The etchings contributed by M. Paul Helleu were
those who neglect it are bastards of the art, mere especially notable for their delicate grace. We
daubers and blotchers." hope to reproduce a selection very shortly.
-*ROM GALLERY AND STUDIO, T ¥. .. , . , T..,n
WITH TT T iictd ATTOMS connection with a proposed series of Litno-
w 11 ri ILLU01 graphs and other separate Plates which commences
The Twelfth Exhibition of the Royal this month, we may call attention to the fact that
A Society of Painter Etchers, shows a far we issue no proofs, but intend that each impression
larger proportion of modern work than usual; the shall be an untitled proof, as carefully printed as
if a very small number only were issued.
The Lithographic Supplement issued with
each copy of The Studio this month, is
an hitherto unpublished drawing by Mr.
James McNeill Whistler, entitled Gants de
Suede. No copies will be sold separately,
and the edition is strictly limited.
The lithograph for May 15 will be a sub-
ject expressly drawn for The Studio by
Mr. C. J. Watson.
Mr. Joseph Pennell's Etchings of London
(Boussod, Valadon & Co.), some time since
announced as " in leisurely preparation,"
are just ready. Each set is enclosed
in a book - shaped box planned by
a hurrying wind (from an etching) by Alfred east the artist. Twelve boxes only are for