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STUDIO-TALK mansion. The restrained treatment is very

, . , characteristic. The walls of the billiard-room,

(From our own Correspondents)

illustrated on page 163, are lined with oak

LONDON.—The two recent additions to panelling, and lead up to a chimneypiece in the

the collection in the National Gallery same material; a few spots of mother-o'-pearl

can be welcomed with something like inlay give a touch of varied colour and brighten

enthusiasm. Titian's famous portrait the sober tone of the room. This pleasant

of Ariosto is a most desirable acquisition—though form of contrast is also noticeable on the mahogany

there is in some quarters a disposition to carp at chimney-piece in the dining-room and the brass

the price paid for it—and it gives us an example of interior of the hall chimney-piece,

a branch of his practice which has been unrepre- -

sented hitherto in Trafalgar Square. The other Without departing from our English tradition for

picture, the portrait by Sir John Millais of Sir Henry true and sober design, Mr. Morris obtains an

Thompson, is of hardly less importance. It is one original effect in an almost elusive fashion, and

of the finest works ever produced by an artist who gives to the whole room an unaggressive and

has a right to a place among the great portrait reticent personal note,

painters whose names are recorded in art history ; -

and it is certainly worthy of comparison with any of The entrance hall, here illustrated, is panelled

the other masterpieces which have been gathered in pine and painted white, with a Bratt and

in the National Gallery. It lacks, of course, the Colbran chimneypiece designed by Mr. Morris,

glamour of age, but technically it is superb. This interior shows the same refinement and

- delicate detail. The plaster ceilings and cornices

Mr. G. LI. Morris has recently completed some of these rooms are kept well in hand, although
admirable interior decorations for a west-end the moulded ribs in the hall seem a trifle


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