Studio: international art — 84.1922

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(From our own Correspondents.)

LONDON. — The General Election,
which monopolised public attention
during the first half of last month, was
remarkable, among other things, for the
meagre display of pictorial posters on the
hoardings. In London certainly very little
use seems to have been made of this form
of propaganda, and from what one gathers,
this was also the case throughout the
country. In pre-war elections—especially
those in which the fight raged round
Tariff Reform and the Taxation of Land
Values—the various party organisations
vied with one another in pouring out a
flood of pictorial oratory, recognising that
a telling cartoon has a far more potent
influence on " the man in the street "
than the spoken word. No doubt the

high cost of poster printing at the present
time is one of the main reasons for the
small use made during the election last
month of a means which helped to enliven
those of the past, 0000
" Peace and tranquillity," the watch-
words with which the Prime Minister
appealed to the country, are also words
which fitly characterise the successive
exhibitions of the Old Water-Colour
Society. Here in winter as in summer
the atmosphere is one of calm repose ;
the Society goes on its way unaffected
by this, that, and the other " ism "
clamouring for public notice. Changes
do, of course, take place, with changes in
the roll of members, but they are never
such as to disturb the general harmony.
Hence the predominant characteristic of
each display is homogeneity, which, how-
ever, is by no means the equivalent of


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