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Recent Designs in Domestic Architecture

ing to tradition, from the drops which fell from
the spear of the Creator Gods of Japan when
they dipped it into the mud of the shapeless
earth ? Other designs refer to the different
seasons of the year, and the flowers in which
the Japanese delight at that particular time. But
the Japanese artist with his marvellous adapta-
bility makes use of anything that he considers
of sufficient interest, and which comes readily
to hand, such as umbrellas, the labels of packing-
cases, the letters of the English alphabet,
brooms, cobwebs, etc., the great idea being that
there should be no design which does not
convey an idea. He endeavours adequately to
represent his subject, coupled with as many
poetical and varied hints and suggestions as
he finds possible; so that those who in after
years look at his work may feel that, though
dead, he still speaks and instructs us by his

The serious study of Japanese art should be
approached with the reverence we all have for
the great masters of painting, for it serves to
prove the universality of true art, which can
indeed brighten and cheer both the prince and the
peasant, whether of the East or the West, provided
they have had the education to comprehend what
the artist had to say.



In the houses illustrated this month
various conditions as to site and accommodation
had to be taken account of by the respective
architects. In that designed by Mr. G. Lister
Sutcliffe at Cowden in Kent, eight good bedrooms
and a dressing-room were required on the first
floor, and this led to the placing of the nurseries
on the ground floor. They are planned at the
sunny south-east corner of the house in such a
way that they can eventually, should circum-
stances require, be converted into a morning-room
and library or den. As will be seen from the
plan, all the principal rooms on both floors have a
sunny aspect. The external treatment of this
house is a simple but picturesque combination of
red brick, rough-cast, and timbering, some of the
gables being weather-boarded. The large windows
seen in the perspective view over the flat roof of
the porch, lobby, and cloak-room, are those of the
two staircases.

“ The Moorings ” is a house at Sunningdale in
Berkshire, designed by Mr, T. E. Collcutt, archi-
tect, of Bloomsbury, London (partner with Mr.

Stanley Hamp).
looking into a

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The house has a south aspect,
broad terrace beyond which the
ground slopes gently away. On
the north side it is well pro-
tected by pine woods. The
materials used in construction
are Chilmark stone with half-
timbering of oak, plaster, and
stone slating for the roofs. The
flooring of the principal rooms
is of oak. The accommodation
on the ground floor is shown
by the plan. The first floor
contains a writing room, nur-
series, six bedrooms, two dress-
ing rooms, lavatories; and in
the attic story are four bed-
rooms for the domestics.

The cottage at Overton,
Cheshire, has been designed
by Messrs. Fair & Myer, of
London, with due regard to the
traditions of the district. Ex-
ternally, the base is in sand-
stone, graduating from buff to
red, and set with wide joints;
the wood-work is very coarsely
tarred, and the plaster-work


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