This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
The seventh annual exhibition of work done by students of the L.C.C. Central School of Arts and Crafts during the past session under the direction of Professor W. R. Lethaby, was held from July 13 to 18 The class entries, numbering 1008, representing 734 individual students, show the highest figures vet recorded. The largest attendences were made in the bookbinding class, and the excellence of its work shown testifies to the good use made of the 6,318 student-hours it represents. Among other beautiful examples of bookbinding those shown by F. E. Cawley, W. Trudgett, C. and P. MeLeish (brothers), and G. Pegg - the last named, an early effort, we were informed - were specially commendable. This was the strongest division of the school. In the number of exhibits it was exceeded by the modelling class, where there was some capital work by Miss A. A Wilkins, G. D. Macdougald D.B Burns Brown, A. G. Small, and A. G. Wyon. The offer of £5 by the Norwood Technical Institute for a sketch of a sculptural panel to be placed over a porch, to represent " Art Inspiring the Crafts," did not seem to inspire the contestants for the prize. A charming female figure, modelled and cast by A. J. Wilkins. alter a print of Burne-Jones' well-known "Vivian and Merlin," was quite remarkable from having been done entirely from the flat. Other exhibitors in the modelling room were Miss E. M, Rope, Mrs. G. Dale, A. Richardson, M. J. Dawson, A. Bigi, M. Sugerman, E. J. Singer, W. A. Cross, F. Lessore, G. F. Morris-Harding, and W. E. Ha/ell.
Among many creditable exhibits of beaten copper a casket by G. F. Foster was especially interesting on account of its introduction of a surrounding fillet of plaited wire, which, as a decoration, in spite of its simplicity, was very effective. Other exhibitors of beaten copper were R. W. Oliver, E. Davis, M. Solomons. W. Rawlings, F. V. Wells, A Chandler, II. Abbott. W. Rosewell, E. Young, W. J. Sinclair, J. Green, F. E. Green, E. Davis, and H. S. Saunders.
The show of silversmiths'work was small and disappointing, but we note, by E. T. W. Ware, a set of four large, well-modelled spoons of the " Apostle spoon " order. The enamels were, for the most part, unworthy of exhibition, notable exceptions, however, being those of Miss Janet Robertson and Miss Da Costa. Miss Robertson showed some beautiful work, both painted and cloisonne. In stained glass there was nothing worthy of mention, and we are sons' to add that almost the same remark would be true of the designs lor wall papers and textiles, which we thought singularly lacking in invention and in feeling for colour.
An inlaid " secretary, of original and ingenious construction, by J. Brandt, was a beautiful example of cabinet work, and should have attracted the attention of the trade. F. Lansdown showed a charming hand-mirror, inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
Among the colour prints were several river views of London by Miss M. E. Blanke, admirable examples of the decorative-use of flat tints, and a thoroughly artistic reproduction by Charles Sims, in lithography, of an oil-colour sketch of a lady and two small boys in a boat. Mr. J. S. Eland had some interesting lithographs in monochrome. This department of the school should especially be encouraged. In no branch of the printing trades in this country is there more need of reform.
The presentation to Pope Pius X. of a copy of "The Blessed
Virgin in the Nineteenth Century," a record of Apparitions, Revelations, Graces, published by Messrs. Burn and Oates, has called forth a most appreciative letter from Cardinal Merry del Val, who also transmits to the author the Holy Father's Apostolical Benediction.
His Majesty the King has shown his interest in the Ait of Miniature Painting by graciously conferring upon the Society of Miniature Painters (at the Modern Gallery, 175, Bond Street), the title of " Royal," and has signified His Pleasure that the Society be known as " The Royal Society of Miniature Painters."
Following excellent precedents, Messrs. Burns and Oates announce sixpenny editions of "Callista," by Cardinal Newman, and " Fabiola," by Cardinal Wiseman, both volumes to be issued in convenient crown octavo size. Shilling editions of the same books are also to be issued, printed on superior paper and strongly bound.