Studio: international art — 84.1922

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English Bookplate So ciety has been founded,
under the presidency of Professor R.
Anning Bell, R.A. It is an inclusive body,
composed of artists and collectors who are
interested in armorial as well as the
modern type of bookplate. At its monthly
meetings, held in London, papers are read,
examples are shown, and demonstrations
of various methods of printing given.

James Guthrie

THE WORK OF MISS D. W.
HAWKSLEY, R.I. a 0 a

WITHIN comparatively recent years
the artist who gave deliberately a
decorative character to his work was
regarded as a person rather lacking in taste
and afflicted with a serious misconception
of artistic responsibility. He was ranked as

" FLORA." BY D. W.
HAWKSLEY, R.I.

MISS D. W. HAWKSLEY, R.I.

" LIZARETA." BY D.
W. HAWKSLEY, R.I.

certainly inferior to the painter of incident
who told pictorial stories and occupied
himself with dramatic or sentimental
subjects ; and in the criticism of the time
he was usually dismissed with some
contempt as " merely a decorator."
Latterly, however, there has been a
complete reversal of this attitude towards
decoration ; to-day it is claimed as the
inspiring reason for countless extrava-
gances, while the scorn of the " advanced "
school is lavished upon the subject picture.

But, although this perverted idea of
what constitutes decoration is, of course,
ridiculous, the change from the old attitude
towards it is decidedly welcome. At any
rate, it encourages sane people to recognise
that the painting which is legitimately
decorative—soundly designed, judiciously
simplified, drawn with elegance and painted
with respect for the medium employed—is
an achievement worthy of attention. The
artist whose work shows an intelligent
application of the essential principles of
decoration, has nowadays a much better
chance of being appreciated. 0 a

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