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"the belated flock"

decorative convention which is a feature of his work.
He studies the facts of nature closely enough, and
sees things with no hasty vision, but at the same
time he does not bind himself down to rearrange
them with absolute actuality. His tendency is akin
to that of the mediaeval designers, who allowed their
fancy to lead them away from strict realism and
never hesitated to use the material they collected to
produce strange and suggestive results. If this were
merely a pose, it might well become wearisome, and
would be apt at times to degenerate into empty
fooling j but as it is in Mr. Shaw's case, just as it was
in that of the artists of the Middle Ages, a sincere
expression of a particular turn of mind, it is very
welcome as a relief from the deadly matter of fact
by which we moderns are being daily drilled into
uniform insensibility. We have every reason to be
grateful to the artist who can take us in this way out
of the beaten track, and we are justified in claiming
for a man who is so exceptional in his gifts a place
among the chief figures in the profession that he

by alfred hartley


(From our own Correspondents.)

IONDON.—The New English Art Club
has not often given a better account of
itself than it does this spring. The
j exhibition which opened in the Dudley
Gallery directly after Easter ranks as
one of the most convincing that the club has held
for some years past. It is thoroughly consistent in
its general atmosphere, and includes an unusually
large number of works that have merits quite out
of the ordinary run. The landscapes especially
are of notable quality, and among the pictures that
deal with the human figure there is a good propor-
tion of original and capable effort, the value of
which it would be difficult to over-estimate. The
chief contributions are Mr. J. L. Henry's excellent
study of Dover Harbour ; Professor Brown's digni-
fied Shropshire Pastoral; Mr. Tonk's decorative
and delicately handled Pastoral Play ; Mr. W. W.
Russell's breezy landscape, The Woodlanders, and