Auguste Rodin. By Rudolf Dircks.
Leather, 2s. 6d.; cloth, is. 6d. net.—One of the
charming series of the Langham Art Mono-
graphs now appearing under the able editor-
ship of Selwyn Brinton, this little volume on the
great French sculptor, with its fine reproductions of
typical works, amongst which Le Baiser is especially
noteworthy, will delight all admirers of Rodin's
virile and original work. The author had the privi-
lege of more than one interview with his subject, so
that the personal details given may be looked upon
Sir Francis Chantrey, R.A. By A. J. Raymond.
(London : A. and F. Denny.) is. net.—It seems
strange that in this day of art monographs more than
half a century should have elapsed since any book has
appeared on the life of the donor of the " Chantrey
Bequest," which has been the subject of so much
heated discussion recently. In addition to a care-
ful biography, the useful little volume now issued
gives extracts from the will of Sir Francis, and a
complete list of the sculptures, paintings, etc.,
purchased by the Royal Academy with his money
between 1877 and 1903-
Bookplates. By Edward Almack, F.S.A.
(London : Methuen & Co.) 2s. 6d. net.—This
little book is well worth having, if only for the
facsimile reproduction forming its frontispiece of
what is supposed to be the oldest bookplate in
the world, taken from a fifteenth - century Latin
treatise on logic. Mr. Almack, who is a thorough
expert on the subject here dealt with, prefaces
his chronological account of typical bookplates of
the past, with a careful resume of the various modes
of engraving ; and supplements it with an interest-
ing essay on inscriptions in books. The illustrations
accompanying his text are well chosen so far as
they go, but it is to be regretted that he did not
include some of the beautiful modern designs that
have been from time to time reproduced in The
Studio, and may justly be called masterpieces of
design and draughtsmanship.
Die Meisterwerke der K'oniglichen Gemalde, Gallerie
im Haag und der Gallerie der Stadt Haarlem.
(Munich and London: Franz Hanfstaengl.) 12s. net.
—Travellers in Holland could have no better
guide to the two famous galleries of the Hague
and Haarlem than this volume of reproductions
of well - selected masterpieces, with its scholarly
introduction from the pen of Dr. Karl Vollt, who
gives succinctly but clearly the outline of the
history of painting in the Netherlands.
Yorkshire: Painted and Described by Gordon
Home. (London : A. & C. Black), js. 6d. net._
Well written and full of real appreciation of the
coast and moorland scenes described in it, this
new volume from the pen of the author of " What
to see in England," and other topographical works,
will probably receive a cordial welcome. Mr. Home
knows Yorkshire and its people well, and touches
off with skilful pen the idiosyncrasies of both ; but
unfortunately the coloured illustrations are not so
satisfactory as the text. Some few—notably the
Scarborough Harbour and the Rivaulx Abbey—are,
it is true, good and poetic interpretations of the
original scenes, but in other cases the point of
view has not been well chosen, and there is a want
both of aerial perspective and of atmosphere —
faults that may possibly be those of the repro-
duction rather than of the drawings themselves.
Those who are familiar with the unique beauty
of Whitby Harbour in the early morning and
the evening, and with the quaint old village
of Robin Hood's Bay, will scarcely recognise
them here; and the lover of the moors will
miss the sense of distance and of illimitable
space which are the chief elements of their
solemn, haunting charm.
AWARDS IN "THE STUDIO"
A LXI. Design for a Table Centre.
We are disappointed with this competition.
Though many designs have been sent in which
show careful work, there is, on the whole, a want of
individuality in their treatment. That to which the
judges award the first prize, as often happens in cases
of this kind, does not show to advantage in the
monotint reproduction. The original is excellent
in colour, and when carried out in work will, with-
out doubt, make the most effective of the designs
The First Prize (Two Guineas) is awarded to
Fujiyama (Helen K. Chapel, Caenlochan, Arbroath,
N.B.), and the Second Prize (One Guinea) to
Curlew (Lennox G. Bird, c/o Palmer & Turner,
Hong Kong). Hon. Mention is accorded to
Bird (Mary Perrott); Gollywog(L. R. Whitehead);
Merry (Thos. Frost); Chib (Amy Hinton) ; Gemini
(A M. Appleton); Invalide (Miss H. Dow); Tint
(Miss M. Morgan); Ulai (W. H. Fry).
B LV. Design for Note-Paper Heading.
First Prize (One Guinea): Brush (Percy