"A DUTCH GREENGROCER'S SHOP" FROM AN ETCHING BY FRANK SHORT, R.E.
A little essay might be written alone upon his trans- r I ^HE LATEST EVOLUTION OF
lations into Etching and Mezzotint—like the original I THE MEDAL IN FRANCE. BY
Liber itself—of those drawings which Turner, and I ROGER MARX.
the professional engravers of his day whom he *• The success achieved by the Paris
employed, never tackled, to add to the Liber. Mint—the "Monnaie de Paris"—at the Universal
With no Turner standing near to advise him, by Exhibition of 1900, affords significant testimony ot
himself Short accomplished this thing. The the efforts that have been, and are being, made in
Vintage : Macon takes its place with the very France to maintain, even to increase, the popularity
finest of the work of a hundred years ago. Another enjoyed there by the medallist's art. This is
Turner, a Swiss Pass—a silvery mezzotint of utmost neither the time nor the place to boast of the
delicacy, unconnected, of course, with the Liber— excellence of our implements, nor to insist on the
must really be named. I call that a feat, indeed—a perfection of our machinery, although the progress
late Turner realised; a dream arrested; the evanes- made in these respects earned for the "Monnaie de
cent made lasting. A Sussex Down—from a sketch Paris " the highest award on the part of the jury,
that belonged to Henry Vaughan—is a Constable A consideration of questions such as these—
landscape, over which there sweeps, with an amazing questions of a purely technical order—would serve
power, the breeze and the sunshine of the chalk no useful purpose in an art magazine like The
hills. A Road in Yorkshire is a noble Dewint: Studio. But this department of French manu-
none the less splendid because it has a touch of facture did more than merely satisfy curiosity, by
the severe and the forbidding. And to make an initiating people into the secrets of the " striking,"
end—though the end is not truly yet—one of the by showing a minting press and automatic scales
latest little mezzotints is one of the finest. Again worked by electric motors; apart from all this—the
a Dewint: again a hill-country—Shop Fells, with mechanical side of the matter—we were shown in
Dewint's expressive modelling—with his tone, his a glass case placed in the centre of the salon d'entree
abounding breadth, his dignity of method, that of the Palais des Lettres, Sciences et Arts, a
Short appreciates so much, and so finely renders. collection ot nineteenth-century medals, of which
Frederick Wedmore. the stamps belong to the Ministry of Finance.