This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
IN our notice of the first of the George Newnes' admirable series of volumes of Drawings of the Great Masters, we recommended it as "A Student's Burne-Jones." To speak of the present volume as "A Student's Holbein" might perhaps be a little misleading, for it contains reproductions only of his portrait studies, whereas, it is known, of course, that his drawings covered a very wide range of subjects, including not only jewellery and decorative design in many branches, but also architecture and such noble material for the burin of the engraver as his famous "Dance of Death" scries. But for what is attempted - and he must be hard to please, indeed, who is not satisfied with the liberal value for his money - the volume could hardly be made up of more suitable model- for the student or amateur learning to draw the human head. In spite of headgear of a past age, Holbein's men and women are as modern as if drawn by a Boughton or a Herkomer. It did not always seem so in regard to the originals of these Windsor drawings, for the world was satisfied for about a century to accept Bartolozzi's meretricious stipplings as representing the real work of the master. One can but feel grateful to Photography, and her excellent handmaid, "Process," for allowing us all to see the true Holbein as shown by these marvellous portrait studies, which were principally executed in crayon, as memoranda probably, for future reference. The facsimile reproductions are from photographs by the Autotype Company and Messrs. Braun, Clement & Co., of Paris, and very good they are; but we must confess to a homicidal bias towards the "process man" who allowed the office boy or apprentice to retouch some of the plates. Supposing the original drawings were rubbed a little, there is no person of taste who would not prefer to see them so reproduced to such an attempt at restoration. Fortunately, the retouches are not many, and are easily recognisable. I'he text is by Mr. A. L. Baldry, and, we need hardly acid, is scholarly and interesting. The book altogether is a notable production. (London: George Newnes, Ltd 7s. 6d.)
This Photograph was taken on an Ilford Chromatic Plate, with the new extra quality No. 1 " Iso " screen. The right-hand Photograph was taken on an ordinary plate.