This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
Mr. Hoi.lyek's Exhibition of Landscape Photographs, which, as we go to press, is being held at his studio, No. 9, Pembroke Square, Kensington, is probably the first of its kind. It is not of camera pictures direct from nature, but of notable landscape paintings, the originals of most of which are in the National Gallery and the Louvre. That this is a specialty that has always appealed to Mr. Hollyer's artistic instincts we are reminded by a very early plate of his of "Scarborough Bay," by Inchbold. From this modest beginning, in conjunction with his son, he has advanced to the reproduction of the admirable series of masterpieces in painting, ranging in technique from the robustness of Ruysdael, Hobbema, Constable and Troyon, to the tenderness of Claude, the brilliancy of Turner, and the naturalism of Whistler. Of the last-named there is a beautiful reproduction of his "Valparaiso," the prevailing greys and greens coming out admirably under the photographer's skilful treatment, which, however, in its exquisite delicacy suggests a water colour rather than the original work, which was painted in oil. Another agreeable surprise is the reproduction of two little known landscapes by Watts, one of which - "The Bay of Naples" - in quality is curiously suggestive of Turner. But no doubt the personal colour of the original would show such a result to be merely a coincidence. As a rule, the technical characteristics of each artist represented in this interesting collection have been preserved with wonderful fidelity. The reproduction of Corot's " Dance of the Nymphs," in the Louvre, certainly loses something of the aerial delicacy of the original, but we believe that it is quite beyond the power of the camera to reproduce that peculiar silvery quality. M. M.