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Cecil King, R.B.A.

and recording the essentials which give vitality to a and his readiness to attack the most difficult
scene or a subject and by ignoring those unim- problems of practice; but something, too, is prob-
portant things which, if they were insisted upon, ably due to the variety and breadth of his early
would confuse the impression of truth that he experiences. The comprehensiveness of his train-
wishes his picture to convey. It is by showing ing, it may fairly be assumed, accounts in part for
fully and sincerely the right character of his sub- the rapidity of his development as an artist and for
ject, by making other people see it as he saw it, the way in which he has made a place for himself
and by presenting it with all its salient charac- in the front rank at an age when most artists are
teristics properly related one to the other, that he still fighting hard for the first signs of recognition,
believes the sense of reality can be made most Young as he is, he occupies an assured position,
apparent; and he works always with this intention and he is accepted without question as having a
in his mind. — fpecial claim to the consideration of all serious

In all the work he has done so far the most students of modern art.
striking quality has been a remarkable acuteness Born at Gunnersbury in 1881, he was educated
of observation which makes his rendering of the at Haileybury and after leaving school he studied for
motive chosen curiously
convincing. There is
never any doubt about
his meaning: he does
not hesitate or fumble
with his record of what
is before him; he makes
up his mind before he
starts about what he is

going to do, and he does
it in all good faith. If
he fails, it is not because
he has been uncertain in
his intention but simply

because technical things

have not gone quite as

he hoped and proposed

they should; if he suc-
ceeds—as he usually

does—it is because his

mind and hand have been

in happy agreement and

because the mechanical

difficulties of painting,

with which every artist,

mo matter how long his

experience, has to

struggle, have not ham-
pered his freedom of


The certainty and

directness of his art, its

confidence and its frank-
ness of purpose, are

qualities which come

without doubt from his

temperamental charac-
teristics, from his

keenness of perception "in the market-place of Bruges" water-colour by cecil king, r.b.a.

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