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Sketching Notes in Tunis and Gabes

absent she continues and develops his scheme for

In the building of such a house as this it is im-
portant that the rigid lines and smooth surfaces of
modern work should give way to earlier methods, so
that the characteristic and varied textures and
colourings which are found in the woodland should
also find their expression in the house too. Built in
this way a house begins to take the air of a natural
product, and though in due time it may be partly
clad with creepers, it stands in no need of palliation.

In the sketches of the interior illustrated some
suggestion is given of the general treatment of the
rooms where oak and plaster and the expression of
structure replace superficial decoration. The plan
of the house was devised to meet special require-
ments, comprising a suite of rooms for children.

In the furnishing of the house no attempt is
made to realise the characteristics of any special
period or to revive the fashions of the past.
A study of past styles will reveal the fact that whilst
the salient characteristics of each period are transi-
tory, the essential qualities of proportion and work-
manship are quite outside the domain of fashion
and are right for all time. It seems then the

business of the modern designer to sift the grain
from the chaff and, holding fast that which is good,
to reproduce the principles and methods of work-
manship of the old builders rather than the par-
ticular forms which characterised each period.


For a painter who would see the East with all
its exuberance of life, brilliant colour, and sunshine,
the land of Tunis has probably no equal. From
the photographs by Mr. Lehnert here reproduced
some idea may be gathered of the great variety of
interest for the artist that is to be found there, and
especially in South Tunisia. It has other advantages
too. In comparison with Egypt it is much easier
of access, being no more than about twenty-eight
hours from Marseilles, and also easily accessible
from Italy. The semi-tropical vegetation and the
varied scenery of mountains, lakes, and desert com-
pare favourably with Egypt. Then Tunis is not
Europeanised like Algiers, and is more settled and
a good deal safer than Morocco.
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