"HORSE CHESTNUT" BY J. FOORD
embroideries, which are now so well-known a
feature of the Haslemere goods, and the woven
stuffs were delightful in texture, and showed some
pleasant novelties in colour. The tapestry rugs
from this centre were also a fresh and commend-
able experiment. The Windermere weavers again
made a luxurious display of the more costly kinds
of linen and silk, but in the other textile classes it
was generally the coarser and more homely stuffs
that showed the greatest artistic improvement.
Especially was this the case with the Birmingham
woollen rug-making industry, where, with the most
unpretentious handiwork, and without any attempt
at decorative pattern, some very pleasing effects of
simple graduated colour have been obtained.
Mr. Harold Rathbone's pottery was, as usual,
an important feature in the galleries, and in
addition to his well-known wares a new departure
in the direction of ecclesiastical ornaments, panels,
and altar furniture was favourably illustrated.
There was some excellent leather-work from Kirkby
Lonsdale and Miss Bassett's class at Leighton
Buzzard, and the baskets from Castlecomer, co.
Kilkenny, and from Saxmundham were cleverly
and sensibly designed. Some bold canvas sten-
cilling also bore witness to the good work done
under Mr. Gregory's teaching in the Central Studio
at the Albert Hall.
ON SOME DECORATIVE
FLOWER AND PLANT
STUDIES DRAWN BY MISS
Readers of " Sartor Resartus" will remember
the passage in which Carlyle breaks ridicule on
" the epidemic, now endemical, of View-hunting."
" Poets of old date," says he, " being privileged
with senses, had also enjoyed external Nature;
but chiefly as we enjoy the crystal cup which holds
good or bad liquor for us; that is to say, in
silence, or with slight incidental commentary:
never, as I compute, till after the ' Sorrows of
Werter,' was there man found who would say,