Studio: international art — 85.1923

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NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA

“Old Guildhall
King's Lynn.” By
Walter Brand

SOME NEW PURCHASES BY THE
NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA.

IDO not know whether their directors
and keepers will agree with me when I
say that a National Gallery in an old
country is a comparatively simple affair to
a National Gallery in a new one : their's is
probably complicated enough for them,
and the new countries are welcome to any-
thing they may encounter in the way of
extras. 000000
A new country is inevitably uncountable
miles behind the old ones in everything to “St. Lawrence

do with art. The wilderness is hardly Church, Ipswich ”

driven from its door, the pioneers are still By Walter Brand

living, art collecting is in long clothes and
art philanthropy unborn. And yet, if there
is one terrific need in a new country, it is
for art, art with both hands, art in the
home, art on the back, art in the streets,
lest commercial prosperity and easy money
absorb all interest and run complete riot in
motor cars and millions. 000
No further back than 1880, Canada had
no National Gallery and very little art
of any organised kind. To-day she has a
National Gallery in Ottawa firmly estab-
lished by Act of Parliament, and consist-
ing of seventeen or eighteen picture,
print and sculpture galleries. There are

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