This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
NO apology will be required for the space we devote this month to the acknowledged queen of all flowers. It is our purpose to show the rose as it may be represented by various mediums of artistic expression, and as it may be employed in many ways in the applied arts without sacrifice of its graceful characteristics of form and growth. It will be seen that we do not except photography from our mediums of artistic expression. If the gigantic "American Beauty " rose we have selected for reproduction loses something of the delicacy of the original, it will be admitted, at least, that in its distinctness of form and outline it presents an admirable model for study, and the velvety texture of the petals has been reproduced by the camera with marvellous fidelity. Only for some of the lower leaves was it necessary to retouch the photograph - a passing zephyr having unkindly disturbed their focus. By way of contrast - illustrating how the true artist, by his process of selection or elimination of detail, must ever be immeasurably above his Sun rival - compare the photograph with the exquisite drawings by Burne-Jones reproduced on this page - pencil studies for one of the paintings of his famous "Sleeping Beauty" series. The loving care with which the master has traced each line is a lesson, and should be an inspiration, for every art student.
Our pen drawings of roses, it will be seen, show a variety of technique, ranging from the broad decorative treatment of flowers and their leaves by Victor Dangon (given in one of the Supplements), to the exquisite texture of the roses by Miss Hallowell. Do not the flowers drawn by the latter, as a tail-piece, seem soft enough to yield to the gentlest pressure of the fingers, and are not the petals of her full-blown roses loose enough todrop at the very first gust of wind ? By comparison,, the Catherine Mermet roses, by another hand, seem a little "tight," yet the technique does not seem unsuitable for the variety of flower represented.
Photo, by Frederick Hollyer. Pencil Study by E. Burne-Jones.
Photo, by Frederick Hollyer.
Pencil Study by E Burne-Jones.