This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
Design for a Memorial to Dante. By Arthur Rogers, of Manchester.
Winner of the First Prize: a £ 50 Travelling Scholarship.
The day of publication of the present issue of Arts and Crafts coincides with the closing of the exhibition of the National Competition of Schools of Art, Evening Schools and Day Classes, in the Indian Section of the Imperial Institute, South Kensington, so that for the present we shall do no more than give the awards, with a summary of the official report of the examiners. Next month we shall illustrate many of the more successful of the exhibits, which were selected for exhibition from the enormous total of over 40,000 works sent in for examination. In view of the fulness of the official reports, from which we shall now quote, it would hardly he fitting to add any comments of our own. These, therefore, we reserve for our future notice of the awards.
Nine gold medals, in all, were distributed. One of these is taken by Miss Fanny Bunn. of Birmingham, who, in the words of the report, "maintains her standard of former years." This is for her panel in enamel. She also wins the Prince of Wales's Scholarship of E25. Miss Rosalind Four-acre, of the Plymouth (Technical School) School of Art, wins another of the gold medals for a panel in painted tiles, and the Princess of Wales's Scholarship of E11. The other gold medallists are Messrs. John Potter, C. Vyse, G. Rogers, Hubert Miller, E. Copestick, C. L. J. Doman and X. A. Trent. The other awards consist of 52 silver medals, [63 bronze medals, and nearly 400 book prizes.
Modelling from Nature and the Antique. The examiners (H. H. Armstead, R.A., T. Brock, R.A., G. Simonds, W. R. Colton. A.R.A., W. Gos-combe John, A.R.A.) find that the work in modelling the figure in the round "reaches a high standard, and there is every evidence of sound teaching and careful study," and that "there is some slight improvement " in the work in modelling the figure in relief. "A very poor set of works was sent up" in modelling the figure in relief from figures in the round. In modelling heads and busts in the round from casts, "the high standard of work reached last year is well maintained." The examiners note a slight improvement in modelling heads and busts in relief from casts, and also in modelling ornament from casts, and modelling foliage from nature. Modelling in relief from life is reported as rather poor on the whole; in modelling the human figure in the round from life, a higher standard is reached than last year. "The examiners are sorry to see that the modelling of animals from casts is so poor, and that such unsatisfactory examples have been given to the students from which to work."
Gold Medal, to Hubert Miller, New Cross School of Art,"for his admirable study and complete rendering of the model." Silver Medals to Jean Milne. Chelsea School of Art. "for a model full of vigour and feeling"; to Edgar Lockwood, Huddersfield School of Art, "for .an exi study from the 'Dancing Satyr'": to Fred Newland Smith, Bridgwater School of Art. " for a careful copy of 'A Slave'"; to William Reid, Falkirk School of Art, modelling head from the cast; to Maude Cooke, Worcester School of Art, "for the truthful rendering and brilliant treatment of her study of 'A Laurel' "; to Mary Pringle, Hammersmith School of Art, "for her charming study of a 'Blackberry Plant.' " Bronze Medals to Adelaide Spark, Lambeth School of Art, " for a well-modelled and artistically rendered 'Head of a Lady' "; to Eli Blakemore, West Bromwich School of Art, "for a dainty and nervous rendering of "A Portion of a Roman Frieze'"; to Peter \V. McCormack, Manchester (Cavendish Street) School of Art, " principally for his excellent modelling of the three-quarter view of a foot"; to Margery Doggett, Liverpool (Mount Street) School of Art, " for a simple (drapery) study of folds, which is carefully modelled and large in style." Book prizes to William Lismore, Bristol (Kensington House) School of Art, " for a certain alertness in the interpretation of the figure": to Arthur Mackinder, Lincoln School of Art, for his " St. Catherine"; to Edwin Smyth, Sunderland School of Art, and Daniel Spillane, Cork School of Art, "for two good copies of Gothii capitals."
The examiners (T. Brock, R.A.; G. J. Frampton, R.A., T. G. Jackson, R.A.) find a decided improvement from last year in the quality of the work, "several works reaching quite a high standard." They once more urge, however, that "more care be bestowed upon the architectural setting where the design is to form part of an architectural scheme: this setting ought to play an equal part with the sculpture in the composition of light and shade. In many designs there is a want of proportion between figures in different parts of the same composition and between the figures and the foliage around them; in others there is too much decoration and a straining alter ingenuity, showing that the students lack appreciation of good fine and the value of plain surfaces; in other designs, again, no indication of the material intended to be used was given, and it is pointed out that the character of the material should rule the design from the very beginning." Masters are advised to impress upon their students that designs suitable for one material are probably unsuitable for any other.