Studio: international art — 84.1922

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R.E., F.R.I.B.A.

Sketches these things are, graphic im- finds always pictorial attraction in boats
promptus, call them what you will; but, de- of character. Recently, when making
licately selective, they catch the thing seen studies for his exquisite series of five
and show it alive in light and air. Look at etchings, The Arteries of Great Britain,
TheOldGhetto Quarter, Venice, in our mono- Mr. Walcot was busy with both water-
chrome reproduction; a slight thingenough, colours and oils on the Thames, Mersey,
but see with what searching success the Clyde, Forth and Tyne, and here we
colour-washes have suggested the sunlight reproduce a broadly envisaged bit of The
effectually at play. And that glimpse of Thames at Greenwich, painted in oils
The Rialto, how those few touches of the entirely on the spot in the breezy atmos-
brush make one feel these stones of Venice phere recorded with such spontaneous
beautiful with the centuries in the sunlight verity of impression. Mr. Walcot is
of to-day. Then, in the Villa d'Este, delighted with the texture and quality
Tivoli, where, amid the marble and the of the rough paper which a happy chance
cypresses, a sketching party is enjoying discovered for him at the hands of his
itself, Mr. Walcot's revel in cobalt blue friend and sketching companion, Mr. W.
and ultramarine gives us the essential E. Riley, late Superintending Architect
graciousness of the scene. It would, by to the London County Council. 0 0
the way, be interesting to see what his But in the approaching autumn we are
painter companions, Signor Mavrocordato to see more than Mr. Walcot's sketches ;
and Signor Carlandi, made of it. In we are to see at the Institute of British
Chioggia, it must have been the orange Architects ten of those great imaginative
red sails of the local boats and the green paintings of the most famous temples of
reflections in the water that moved the antiquity on which the artist has been
artist, who, as at Concarneau, or on the engaged at his studio in the British School
Venetian canals, or our English rivers, at Rome. Of these more anon, 0 0
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