Studio: international art — 12.1898

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A Modern English Country House

mands a word, as by its pleasant design it forms
an ornamental feature, and is a most commodious
habitation for certain choice poultry which it
shelters. These lordly fowls have piazzas of their
own for wet weather, and almost the only fault on
the estate is that the dividing-walls of these are
not pierced, so that a poor hen cannot make a
circuit of the shelters in showery weather, but must
needs undertake a detour when she wishes to change
her outlook.

Under the same roof as the stables there is a room
for the electrical installation by which the house is
lighted. Even here one sees that the room has
been specially arranged, in order that an ample
amount of light may be available for the proper
inspection of the storage cells.

The whole house shows clearly that science and
art need not be regarded as foes. It is true that
science has here claimed to be first considered,
but in no single instance does it appear that art
has suffered thereby. Certainly the fact that the
house is not merely weather-proof, but apparently
calculated to stand the wear and tear of cen-
turies, is not to its discredit. Stability and com-
fort, ample light and ventilation, cisterns placed

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a door in the dining-room

arnold mitchell, architect

bits, which are here illustrated. Throughout
the whole of the upper floor the wall-paper
is of one design (by Mr. Gwatkin), but the colour
is different for each chamber. The photographs,
oddly enough, make the papers appear in low
modelled relief, but they are absolutely flat, in
bright colours, and far less obtrusive in pattern than
they appear to be in the black-and-white illustra-

The kitchen and scullery, the bath-rooms and
lavatory, have wall-surfaces of glazed brick, and
the peculiar care bestowed on the arrangement
and detail of sanitation must not be overlooked,
although it is out of our province to dwell upon
them here. Mr. Arnold Mitchell evidently be-
lieves that a happy home must be, first, a healthy
one, and spares no pains to achieve that end.

In the grounds, a picturesque fowl-house de- the front door \knold mitchell, architect

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