Studio: international art — 17.1899

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[A word of protest must
be entered against the
stamp “ E.S.K.” impressed
upon the designs exhi-
bited by competitors.
The stamp in use is trivial
and weak in conception,,
and is, moreover, placed
upon the face of the-
drawings, often materially
damaging the work itself.
While a stamp for this
purpose should be of'
simple form it need not
necessarily be common-
place. The impression
should appear upon the
margin and not upon the
drawing. Students might,,
if necessary, be instructed
to leave a margin to their
designs for this purpose..



(From our own Corre-

case of the-
Regent Street
j Central School
of Arts and
Crafts is an extremely
interesting one, 'and is-

reluctant admission that “ the work sent from the
Royal College of Art, as a matter of fact, is not
beyond that sent up from the general schools.”4
In other words, the work of ordinary students in
the London and provincial art classes is quite able
to hold its own against that of more highly en-
dowed and privileged persons. It would be more
consistent with the dignity of a royal and national1
training-school if the report of its committee were
couched in grammatical English, with something
of that nice fitness of expression to thought which
they so carefully recommend to others; and
offered to its thousand
readers in better paper,
type, and printing than-
that of a parish magazine.

In other sections “ the examiners observe a want
of the sense of beauty which should be the object
of the designer; for example, tadpoles and the
like are not promising motives for design.” We
should be sorry to endorse a restriction of this

One need only point to Japanese decoration to
show what dainty and exquisite patterns may be
made from what are called the lower forms of life;
and we have always regarded tadpoles as creatures
of singular piquancy and charm. But we are
bound to agree with the examiners in their

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