This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
The annual exhibition of this flourishing school was held very successfully towards the close of September. While in regard to the modelling and painting and drawing from life, we remarked no indication of special ability, outside of strictly academical lines there was much that was encouraging. In water-colour painting - particularly flowers and still-life - excellent studies were shown, evidencing a degree of practical appreciation of the capabilities of the medium not often met with in school work. Instead of the customary dry and seedsman's catalogue way of rendering nature, we had broadly handled and decorative treatment of Chrysanthemums by Miss Marian Starling and Miss Adele Heinitz, and by the latter also a bank of roses charmingly rendered, within its reflections on a polished surface. Further, there was capital water-colour work by Percy Boxer, and the following young ladies: - Ethel Bullock, Elsie Coll, Glen Pass (aged 13), Marjorie Hamilton, Victoria Taylor, Maude Higham, Helen Wing. By Edna Peck and Muriel Hogg we noted some clever portrait sketches in water colours, of a genre which might be made profitable, if taken up as a specialty. The work in oil was not so strong; but there were notable exceptions, such as Miss Maude Harris's solidly painted and luminously treated head of a fair, copper-haired model; Miss Annie Dannatt's still-life study, which gained her a book prize at the National Competition; and creditable canvases by Miss Marjory Kelsey, winner of a National bronze medal, Miss Baker, Miss Lock-wood, Miss Louisa Chapman, and Miss Alice Bevis. Clever use is made of coloured chalks on grey " Michelet" paper by several of the students, notably by Miss Enid Stanton, whose Dutch children in this medium are remarkable for the keen and humorous observation of character they evince. Some day we expect to hear more of this gifted young lady. Her pen and ink illustration from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is replete with whimsical invention and decorative feeling. In spirited conception, at least, Miss Norah Cundell is not far behind Miss Stanton, in her Nursery Panel of a Children's Cake-Walk. Miss Violet Outhwaite is good in a less original way with a daintily executed ball programme and some decorative panels. Miss Evelyn Forth's Christmas stencil and ex-libris design are also decidedly clever. Miss C. Miles sent a beautifully executed miniature she showed at the recent Royal Academy exhibition. Miss Blanche Goff s beaten silver work and enamel jewellery deserve commendation. Among much meritorious needlework we must especially mention that executed by Miss Bessie Lewis, the Misses Down, Ironmonger, Ismay, L. Booth, White, Izard, Duckham, Carden and Tripp, and those very promising little workers, Miss Mary Heath (aged 14) and Miss Gladys Ormond (aged 10). Altogether the energetic principal, Mr. G. Howard Hale, is to be congratulated on being at the head of a school so progressive and up to date. M. M.
St. Martin's School of Art, though long established, and almost within a stone's throw of Trafalgar Square, is but little known outside of that not very large circle of those immediately interested in its excellent work. It is conducted in connection with the Board of Education, South Kensington, and the London County Council Education Committee, and, with its home near Long Acre, very properly it is favourably regarded by the Worshipful Company of Coach and Coach Harness Makers and the Institute of British Carriage Manufacturers, it being also in affiliation with the City and Guilds of London Technical Institute. During the winter there is a special course of instruction in Carriage Building. But this is only incidental. St. Martin's is fundamentally a well equipped all round School of Design, teaching most of the branches of applied art, and preparing its students for the examinations of the Board of Education and for the London County Council Scholarships, and for admission to the schools of the Royal Academy. Three of the students (Messrs. T. Mars, L. A. Whiting and C. H. Lomax) lately qualified for their art master's certificates, and at the National Competition several prizes went to the school. This is the only art school in London where nearly all the students are men. The female minority mostly study to become art teachers. The fact is that St. Martin's is essentially a school of workers. For the most part the students attend the night classes only, they being engaged during the day in earning their living in the neighbourhood in various branches of trade and craft. If the display of their work at the exhibition, held towards the end of September, is a faithful reflex of their instruction, the latter must be commended as sound indeed; but perhaps the best proof of its efficacy is the comparative-ease with which the more clever of the students seem to obtain good situations on leaving the school. The present writer was admiring the workmanlike drawing of a chimney-piece - an original design by Mr. Harold Mansfield - when the master remarked: "Yes, it got him into Hampton's." Near by was another capital design - a sideboard in fumed oak, with bright steel hinges - by Mr. Edward Pite, and it appeared that he, too, has been given employment at "Hampton's." We have only room to add that Mr. J. E. Allen is the very competent head-master. M. M.
Wrought-iron and Copper Sign for "The Bell Inn." Designed by E. Carhart, St. Martin's School of Art.
The Goldsmiths' Institute School of Art Annual Exhibition, held the last week of September, brought out some excellent work. Among the designs for repousse work there was one for a processional cross in silver-gilt and enamel, by H. Remington, that was especially meritorious, the scheme of treatment having been well thought out. Among several original designs for jewellery, those by Miss Arscott and Miss E. Crowe are particularly worthy of mention. Some of the drawings in black-and-white for illustration, the poster designs, and studies from life and flowers, were highly creditable; and some excellent work was noticed in modelling design and modelling from life. A. C. H.
Art workers who can manage to get away to Leeds before the Arts and Crafts Exhibition there closes should not fail to do so. Indeed, it would pay some of the leading craft schools in the kingdom to send special representatives there, as was done last month by the Camberwell School in the case of the Leicester Exhibition. A cheap excursion runs to Leeds on the Great Central Railway, extending from one to eight days.