This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
The exhibits of the School of Design comprised original designs, studies of work in the Museum, and drawings from nature. The practical work included stained glass, writing and illuminating, wood-carving, gesso work, and pottery - all these executed by the students from their own designs. There was also a collection of etchings, which were certainly one of the strongest features of the exhibition. Especially deserving of praise were "Teasles" and "Willows on the Thames," by Margaret 1). Kemp Welch, which were apparently etched direct from nature. Luke Taylor's landscape was notably good, the rendering of the trees being masterly. Etchings were also shown by A. English, (G. W. Ogden, Harold Rigby, Nathaniel Sparks, Mary A. Sloane, and Helen Mackenzie.
Taking the applied designs as a whole, the colouring was singularly lacking in harmony and strength, and,:as we have already intimated, those for textiles and wall papers showed little invention. When colour did in not enter into consideration, the results were better. We noted, for example, a tine group of designs for Church Cups by A. Simons, who also made a good show with his Biscuit Box and Rose Bowl. Many interesting examples of Interlacing Patterns were signed by G. A. Reed, J. H. Morton, J. P. Bland, and Andrew Samuel. Ernest W. Tristram showed a well-thought-out design for a Chalice Veil, and the Tapestry panels by S, C. Groves and Andrew Samuel were excellent. The wood-carving was of uneven merit. In many cases failure resulted through attempting too much and not realising the limitations of the material. The panel by J. H. Morton, for instance, was far too naturalistic, although the design would have been suitable for modelling in clay. We must note, though, a very good panel by Mr. Payne, illustrating a boar chase, which was carried out with much spirit.
The work of the Architectural School admirably illustrated the well-considered course of instruction followed there. Large measured drawings of architectural objects in the Museum were shown, such as of the early Renaissance-Sanctuary from the Church of Sta Chiara at Florence, and of its reredos, the tine casts of Gothic portals in the Architectural Court, from Amiens and Bordeaux Cathedrals, and the Flemish Renaissance rood screen from Bois le Due Cathedral. The -students in each case had prepared practical drawings which would enable a modern workman to reproduce the subject. A complete survey of the Church of All Hallowes, Lombard Street, was made by the School, It was considered probable that this church would be pulled down, and the opportunity was taken of securing an exact record of the work of Sir Christopher Wren, and of the excellent carvings in wood and marble with which it is enriched. Working drawings and full-sized details were shown of the pulpit, organ front, font, ironwork and internal porches. The first year students had winked out schemes for a village school, a fountain in a public place, a colonnaded street based on the Roman Doric-order, and other erections. The general level of excellence was remarkable.