Studio: international art — 22.1901

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" Elm Bank;' York

definite green dye, but is of cool green thoroughly
warmed by surface lights. In short, Mr. Blashfield
employs the surface lights and the mutable envelope
of half shadow to add variety to the tones already
various. In the foreground, on each side, a nude
child holds an escutcheon through which is en-
twined the streamers on which is inscribed the
motto, "Uphold the Right, Prevent the Wrong."
Above the group, in the act of crowning Justice,
are two floating female figures, one in pink, the
other in green diaphanous drapery. We reproduce
the artist's study for the head of one of these
figures, which rivals in its beauty, its earnestness
and its seriousness the face of Justice itself. But
there is this subtle distinction between the head
of Justice and this head : while Justice is hand-
some, its beauty is more elusive ; it is full of the
indefinable beauty of a Leonardo da Vinci.

Mr. Blashfield, who has frequently lectured upon
the Decorative Art of the Italian Renaissance before
Harvard and Yale Colleges and various artistic insti-
tutions, is a member of the Society of Mural Painters,
the Architectural League, the Society of American
Artists (of which he was at one time President), and
was elected Academician of the National Academy
of Design in 1888. Ernest Knaufft.


" Elm Bank," Mr. Sidney Leetham's house at
York, which has recently been redecorated, is a
good example 01 satisfactory results obtained
by a judicious coalition of architect and decorator.
In a short description of work of this kind, it
would be difficult and unnecessary to attempt the
task of assigning the precise authorship of each
particular feature. It may be said, however, in a
general way, that the architectural work, including
the details of wall framing, chimney-pieces, stair-
cases, gallery, and portion of the fixed furniture,
are due to Messrs. W. G. and A. J. Penty, while to
Mr. George Walton belongs the credit of the taste-
ful colour scheme, the decorative work, such as the
drawing-room frieze and the mosaic panel over the
chimney-piece in the same room, and other mural
decorations, and most of the furniture.

The entrance hall is panelled in oak with a
brown frieze or vault background, the ornament
being yellow brown outlined in black.

The wood-work of the inner hall is oak, and the
painted plaster panels are enriched with decora-
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