This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
No better indication could be needed of the constantly growing interest in the study of design than the number of new text-books and new editions of former ones that continue to appear. The practical value of many of them to the student is so great that it is difficult to do justice to them without awarding a measure of praise which seems almost extravagant. Yet when it is considered that the writers of the best of these handbooks are either experienced teachers in technical schools, who therefore speak by the card, or professional designers who are in touch with the manufacturer and know his technical requirements, perhaps it should not surprise us that, having their subject at their fingers' ends, they are able to impart their special knowledge so readily. Of course, the teaching of design, whether by book or by blackboard, nowadays is chiefly by "demonstration," and the work is wonderfully simplified for author and publisher by the facility and cheapness with which the contents of a draughtsman's portfolio may be reproduced to any degree of reduction by photo-typographic process. We have received from Mr. Batsford, the publisher, two such books as we have indicated and the advance sheets of a third one. A certain sequence is evident in the scope of these three volumes as they lie before us; but of course the circumstance is accidental: the books themselves differ, not only as to authorship, but in form and arrangement. Still, the practical needs of an art student about to start a modest library of reference would seem to be so well served by considering them together that we may be pardoned if, for the nonce, we choose to regard them as a trilogy. Certainly it would be difficult to suggest, at a cost which would leave some change out of a sovereign, a more helpful Course of study for the novice. Let us look at them:
A Handbook of Plant-Form for Students of Design,
Art Schools, Teachers and Amateurs. With too Plates, comprising nearly 800 Illustrations, By Ernest E. Clark,
Art Master Derby Technical College. London: B. T.
Batsford, 94, High Holborn, (5s, net.)
Such a book has long been needed, and the appearance of this handsome volume at such a moderate price will he hailed with satisfaction by students of design everywhere, especially by amateurs who have to work at home unaided. It is not too large for the ordinary bookshelf, and yet the author contrives to give flowers and plants - all but a few of the larger varieties -the size of nature. The salient facts about each example are told with lucidity and conciseness, and there are several pages of introductory suggestions which will be found very helpful to the novice in designing. Nearly all the illustrations are from Mr. Clark's own drawings from nature.
Decorative Brish-Work and Elementary Design, a Manual for the Use of Teachers and Students in Elementary, Secondary and Technical Schools. By Henry Cadness, Second Master of the Municipal School of Art, and Lecturer in Textile Design at the Municipal School of Technology, Manchester. 2nd Edition. With 42 Plates, comprising about 450 examples of design. London: B. T. Batsford, 94, High Holborn. (3s. 6d. net.) The elementary stages of practical design could hardly be explained more satisfactorily than in this handy little manual. the arrangement of the illustrations of elementary forms of ornament is a triumph of condensation. In some instances, a single page - about half the size of our own - is made to yield what in by-gone days might have been deemed almost material enough to illustrate a small volume, and with all this the letterpress and designs throughout are distinct even to boldness, and are admirably printed, as, we may remark, by the way, Mr. Batsford's publications invariably are.
Ornament And its Application. A sequel to "Pattern
Design," and an introduction to the Study of Design in
Relation to Material, Tools and Ways of Workmanship.
By Lewis F. Day. With nearly 300 Illustrations of
Decorative Objects and Ornaments. London: B. T.
Batsford, 04, High Holborn. (8s. 6d. net.)
The publication of a new book by Mr. Day. is almost an event in the world of ornament and design, and this is really a new book, although based on his " Pattern Design,"' " The
Application of Ornament," and "The Planning of Ornament," all of which, we understand, are out of print. It does not attempt, however, to cover the ground of " The Anatomy of Pattern," and, if that invaluable little manual by the same author is still to he had, the student of design should by all means include it in his modest library. The cost, we fancy, would be just about the "change" out of our hypothetical "sovereign."
To return to the advance sheets before us. We will only say, for the present, that, from such a hasty perusal as has been possible at the late date of their reception, Mr. Day's new volume seems to us to be eminently worthy of his reputation as an authority on Design. The illustrations, which naturally are the chief feature of the book, are new. interestingly contrasted and admirably selected. They temptingly suggest the nucleus for such a moderately priced Dictionary of Ornament as must be needed in thousands of schools and studios. It would be pleasant to think of the probability of such a work being undertaken, with Mr. Batsford as publisher and Mr. Day as editor.