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The Old Water Colour Society's Club,
1924-5. Second Annual Volume. Edited
by Randall Davies, F.S.A. (Published
by the Society, and issued only to members).
An interesting volume which contains
well illustrated articles on old members of
the society and on its recent exhibitions.
The work of John Varley, of which Mr.
Randall Davies writes, deserves special
notice. Varley is a curious combination
of the classicism of a man like Richard
Wilson and the picturesqueness of the
normal early water-colourist. J. S. Sar-
gent, Russell Flint, and Walter West pro-
vide a modern foil. 0000

The Hall Marks on Gold and Silver
Articles. By D. T. W. Fully illustrated.
(London and Toronto : J. M. Dent and
Sons, Ltd.). 10s. 6d. net. The author sets
forth in a handy and compact form, reliable
information upon this subject. Both his-
torical and modern marks are illustrated.
The guarantee marks of foreign countries
also receive full treatment, and the whole
work well repays careful study as one of
the bases of appraisal of gold and silver
ware, a 0 0 a a a

Art Prices Current, 1922-1923. Edited
by H. G. T. Cannons. (The Art Trade
Press, Ltd.) 425. net. This annual guide
is so admirably arranged and indexed that
the picture buyer can find full information
of pictures sold, their artists, and prices,
almost at a glance. The bulk of the book
carries on a chronological account of the
various sales, and indexes of painters and
engravers, together with the titles of their
works, make reference to it an easy matter.
Altogether, indispensable to those who
keep abreast of the economics of art. 0

Stencilling for Craftsmen. Written and
illustrated by W. G. Sutherland. (Man-
chester : The Decorative Art Journal Co.,
Ltd.). There are great decorative possi-
bilities in the use of the stencil; and the
various typical motives, the purpose for
which they may be used and the method
to be employed are well treated in Mr.
Sutherland's volume. It should make a
special appeal to the professional decorator
who can by simple means apply his own
ornamental detail. 0000

Sei-sei Ruten {Life Ever-changing). A
roll of collotype reproduction of Yokoyama-


Taikwan's painting, entitled " Sei-sei
Ruten/' about seventy feet in length, one
foot wide. (Otsuka-Minoru, Yushima
Yonchome, Hongo, Tokyo.) 105s. The
scroll opens with fantastic mist, out of
which emerges an autumnal landscape
where dew collects on the grass, drops
from the branches, trickles through dead
fallen leaves, collects into a streamlet that
tumbles down the jungle and falls over
the precipice, gushes through the gorge
down to join a river, which in its majestic
course sweeps into the wide ocean, where
the sun shines and the rain falls, its rip-
pling waves now washing the peaceful
shores and now surging into a whirling
windstorm, causing a cloud-burst and
waterspout, playing havoc with mighty
forces of nature, only to disappear in
rolling clouds into vast and eternal
nothingness. Such may be gathered from
this long scroll and may be taken as
Mr. Yokoyama's view of life, so graphi-
cally and artistically shown. To express
the changing mood of life he has employed
different techniques—in the present work
he has harmonised the characteristics of
the northern and the southern schools
with the traits of the Yamato style.
Taikwan, primarily an artist of the brain,
rather than of the brush, seems to have
triumphed over all technical difficulties in
the ardour of the inspiration. The roll is
intensely interesting from the start to the
finish, with a thread of animal and human
activities woven into this wonderful panora-
mic view of life. Poetic is the autumnal
scene where deer calls its mate in sylvan
solitude. Romantic is the scene where
herons search for food in misty spring
rain. Dramatic is the final spectacular
scene where the tremendous force of
nature is depicted in the whirling mass of
cloud, in which is visible, at a closer
examination, an Oriental dragon mounting
the cloud in a fury. This masterpiece by
Yokoyama-Taikwan, who is considered by
many as the greatest contemporary painter
of Nippon, can doubtless be handed
down to the posterity as an outstanding
example of the work of the age. Mr.
Otsuka is to be congratulated on his
successful reproduction of this master-
piece, in which he has surmounted great
technical difficulties. 000
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