This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
The lot of the art teacher, as we all know, is not altogether an enviable one; but there are occasional compensations for the devotion of the best years of his life and energies to the instruction of youth, which must go far toward making the instructor forget all the drawbacks. Undoubtedly this was so in the case of the teacher of architecture at the Royal Academy Schools, and of the Professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, each of whom, during the past few weeks, has been the object of a remarkable demonstration of affectionate regard on the part of his pupils and admirers.
The occasion of the first of these demonstrations was that in honour of Mr. R. Phene Spiers, and Professor Lanteri was conspicuously identified with it as sculptor of the classically designed and admirably modelled plaque - or medallion, as it is called - which was, perhaps, the most notable feature of the presentation. In regard to the photograph of this beautiful work, which we reproduce on another page, it will be noticed that it was taken before lettering. It is therefore well to say that, on the obverse, the name of the recipient and his calling are inscribed across the extreme top of the plaque - the lettering divided by the crown of the head - and in the cartouche at the bottom are the words: "A Record of the Esteem of his Pupils, Colleagues, and Friends," while on the reverse, occupying two lines at the top of the plaque, is the following: "The greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel."
Professor Beresford Pite made the presentation of the larger plaque - the original model - and Mr. Guy Dawber, president of the Architectural Association, presented the reduction in silver, which was done in Paris, where they excel in such work.
Professor Lethaby then handed Mr. Spiers a volume of the latter's collected essays, which had been got together for the occasion, and printed with remarkable expedition, under great pressure, by Mr. B. T. Batsford.
A collection of books was given by former Royal Academy students, and Mr. Pascal presented a commemorative medal, struck in honour of Mr. Spiers by the Societe Centrale des Architectes Francais. He also presented a contribution of books from the Atelier Blouet-Gilbert-Questal-Pascal, Paris.
The second presentation was in honour of Professor Lanteri, and that distinguished artist received, on the occasion of the completion of his twenty-fifth year at the Royal College of Art, such an ovation as he can, certainly, never forget. The class-rooms of the modelling school, which were draped and decorated with much taste, were filled to overflowing with an enthusiastic gathering of the Professor's pupils past and present, and a host of other friends. Mr. A. Spencer, principal of the College, presided. Letters of congratulation were read from Auguste Rodin, General Baden-Powell, and Mr. Spiel-man. Mr. Alfred Drury, on behalf of the students, read to the Professor a short address, and Miss Dorothy Rope and Miss Maggie Richardson, the youngest pupils of the school, then, on behalf of past and present pupils, presented several portfolios containing the Autotype Company's reproductions of drawings by Alfred Stevens and the Holbein drawings at Windsor Castle. To Mrs. Lanteri was presented a silver bowl full of roses. Mr. Alfred Gilbert, R.A., one of the Professor's oldest pupils and his devoted friend, addressed him in terms at once admirably humorous and pathetic. Professor Lanteri returned thanks in a very modest and charming speech, and the walls fairly resounded with huzzas, followed by the singing of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow."
At an interesting exhibition of handicrafts, including metal and leather work, jewellery, carving, marquetry, pyrogravure, needlework, lace, and photography, held at the Berkeley Rooms, March 29, 30, and 31, demonstrations in various kinds of work were given by: - Mr. Harbutt (Bath), in modelling in plasticine; Mr. Williamson (Taunton), metal work; Miss M. E. James (Bath), leather work; Miss Mabel Butt, pyrogravure; Miss Willway, marquetry. Jewellery was shown by the Barnstaple Guild of Metal Workers, Mrs. Engelbach, and Bernard Cuzner; leatherwork and bookbinding by Miss Gull, Miss Pitt, Miss Hippisley, and Miss M. E. James. Mr. Frank Bell made a good display of wood-carving, and Miss Stathan (Cheddar), of marquetrv staining.
A "Home Arts and Crafts Exhibition" is to be held as Clevedon, Somerset, on May 23, 24, and 25. Applications for space (which must be made not later than the 16th of the month) should be addressed to Rev. E. A. Sanford, 18, Hallam-road, Clevedon.
At Mrs. Jopling's Art School, Logan-place, Earl's Court, there was recently an interesting exhibition of students' work, on which occasion Miss Postlethwaite, the very capable secretary, and Miss B. M. Bristowe, formerly connected with the school, also showed some interesting work in both oil and water colours. Mrs. Jopling will have arrived from India by the time this paragraph appears, and we hope there will be an early opportunity to see her studies of Oriental life.