Leicester is to be congratulated upon the excellence of the exhibition held there recently. In point of size (there were nearly 900 exhibits) and general high quality of work, it would compare very favourably with anything yet attempted in the Provinces. Metalwork and jewellery were perhaps the departments most largely represented. Mr. J. Paul Cooper sent a case of beautiful jewels in gold, silver, and precious stones; Mr. Wilson Dawson some very fine hand-beaten cups, ewers, and salvers; Mr. John W. Moore a case of jewellery containing pendants and necklets of excellent design and workmanship. The gold and silver work by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gaskin deservedly attracted much admiration. Among other notable exhibits were those of the Guild of Handicraft and the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. In the embroidery section, Miss May Morris showed some charming work; one naturally associates greatness with the name of Morris, and this lady is worthily upholding the fame of her illustrious father. The bindings of Messrs. Sangorski and Sutcliffe were rich examples of their skill, and both in the forwarding and finishing attained a high standard of excellence. Their pupils at the Camberwell School also sent good specimens. Mr. George Jack showed some fine pieces of carving, and a mahogany inlaid secretaire cabinet, designed by him and executed by Morris & Co., was especially notable. This firm showed some choice examples of work by the late William Morris and Sir Edward Burne-Jones, a charming figure in a panel of arras tapestry being by the latter. The lady's writing-table sent by Mr. Hubert Martin was one of the best pieces of cabinet work in the exhibition, it being remarkable for its simplicity, fine proportion, and delicacy of line. There was a notable exhibit by Messrs. Heal & Son of the simple and original bed-room furniture, designed by Mr. Ambrose Heal, Junr., which has done so much for the reputation of the firm. Lettering and illumination claimed very little space; the best work was by Mr. Graily Hewitt and Mr. Percy Smith.

Lack of space prevents me even mentioning many other worthy exhibits.

W. H. Meggs.

National Art Competition, 1904

Bronze Medal. Design for a Stencilled Frieze, by James A. Found, Hull School of Art,

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