Studio: international art — 27.1903

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flights of imagination without infringing any of
the restrictions which should be observed even
by the most highly gifted. He is, if one may
coin an expression, a modernised classic, an artist
who, though he left Greece in early youth, never
lost sight of his origin ; never ceased to suffer from
a noble nostalgia, a home-sickness which has lent
to his work a pathos and a passion that leave upon
the spectator an indelible impression. May not
the beautiful words of Wordsworth be justly applied
to him : " Creative art, whether the instrument of
words she use, or pencil pregnant with ethereal
hues, demands the service of a mind and heart";
or those of his fellow countryman, the poet Costis
Palamas: "Was not his brush, now, alas! destroyed,
as a lyre of sonorous tone ? " D. Caclamanos.

LONDON.—What is the best scheme of
decoration for a school ? It is a sign of
the times that this question, altogether
neglected in past generations, is now
being considered in many quarters; indeed there
are many who feel sure that their early education
was hindered by the barn-like rooms in which they
worked at school. To bring children up as bar-

barians inured to ugliness is not the best way
in which parents can invest their money or
schoolmasters their time. Rooms may be made
serviceable and comfortable without the least
appearance of misplaced luxury, and to encourage
a love of colour and of form is in itself an education.
Mr. Wickham Jarvis, in the work which he has done
for a school at Sandgate, appeals at once to the
parent who detests pampering and to the reformer
who likes a good blending of comeliness with utility.
His rooms are airy, well lighted, well constructed,
easy to dust, easy to keep clean, and pleasant to
look at and to study in.

We hear with pleasure that Mr. Alexander Fisher
is trying to set on foot a scheme for the encourage-
ment of enamelling, and also of refined work in the
precious metals. Full particulars of the scheme
will be given ,at a later date for the benefit of
those to whom it will be of interest and value.
Meantime we trust that Mr. Fisher's enterprise
will be successful, as it promises to be a return
to that fine old system of teaching in the crafts
which surrounded the best experts with willing
pupils and apprentices.



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